Human Rights & Security

Globalization—as a political, economic and cultural trend—continues to have a mixed impact on women. Although it is strengthening promotion of gender equality around the world, it is also in many cases widening the gulf between rich and poor, accelerating environmental degradation and increasing the workloads of women and girls. The expanding global marketplace is increasing women’s employment opportunities but also producing jobs that may be temporary, unsafe or exploitive. Furthermore, economic reform programs imposed on developing countries by international financial institutions have often eroded critical services, such as public health and education programs, thereby increasing the caregiving burdens of women and girls. While globalization has opened up new avenues for some women, it has also led to increased hardship for others.

International Human Rights

Date/Time: 
02/09/2010

Panel Discussion:
 

Location: Diana Center Event Oval  
This year's Rennert Forum celebrates the life and work of Helen Suzman, the iconic South African leader who devoted her life to the fight against apartheid. The opening event, which coincides with the opening of an exhibition entitled "Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights," in the Diana Center, will feature world-renowned human rights activists Helen Lieberman, Virginia Magwaza-Setshedi and Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams. Professor Yvette Christiansë will moderate and provide introductory remarks.

Gender Equality as Smart Economics: First Year Progress Report (January 2007- January 2008)

This report provides the first update of Gender Equality as Smart Economics: A World
Bank Group Gender Action Plan (GAP), a year after implementation began in January
2007. The plan commits the Bank Group to ‘do more’ to help achieve gender equality by
more fully utilizing its comparative advantage in the economic sectors and in analytical
work.
The plan’s objective is to advance women’s economic empowerment in Bank client
countries to promote shared growth and accelerate implementation of MDG3. It does so
by making markets work for women (at the policy level) and empowering women to
compete in markets (at the individual level), focusing on four key markets: land, labor,
agriculture, and finance, and on infrastructure, which underpins access to all markets. It
has a four-year time frame (FY07-FY11) and four main activities or ‘windows:’

URL: 
http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTGENDER/Resources/GAPProgressReportFeb26_2008.pdf

The Global Gender Gap Report, 2008

Through the Global Gender Gap Reports for the past three years, the World Economic Forum has been providing a framework for quantifying the magnitute of gender-based disparities, tracking their progress over time and designing effective measures reducing them. In addition, in 2008, the Global Gender Parity Group and Regional Gender Parity Groups were launched in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa and Asia.

URL: 
http://www.weforum.org/pdf/gendergap/report2008.pdf

Reaching Common Grounds: Culture, Gender and Human Rights, Equality and Empowering Women

This chapter outlines the United Nations’ work toward promoting gender equality, including the Beijing Platform for Action. The report also describes the obstacles women still face today, with an emphasis on cultural impediments. A list of recommendations for future action coincides with a list of lessons learned.
 

URL: 
http://www.unfpa.org/swp/2008/en/03_promoting_gender_equality.html

Innovative Approach to Promoting Women’s Economic Empowerment

The publication focuses on three core dimensions of women’s economic empowerment, namely: economic opportunity; legal status; and voice, inclusion and participation in economic decision-making.
 

URL: 
http://www.undp.org/women/publications.shtml

Helen Suzman: Fighter for Human Rights

Date/Time: 
02/09/2010 - 03/25/2010

A photographic exhibit:

 
Helen Suzman was a member of the South African Parliament for 36 years, from 1953-1989. She was the sole opposition voice condemning apartheid during the 13-year period (1961-1974) when she was the governing body's only member of the Progressive Party. The exhibition explores nearly four decades of Suzman's life and vision through photographs, personal letters quotations from speeches and news articles.

Gender Equality as Smart Economics: A World Bank Group Gender Action Plan, Fiscal Years 2007-2010

This Action Plan seeks to advance women’s economic empowerment in the World Bank Group’s client countries in order to promote shared growth and accelerate the implementation of Millennium Development Goal 3 (MDG3- promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment). The Plan would commit the World Bank to intensify and scale up gender mainstreaming in the economic sectors over four years, in partnership with client countries, donors, and other development agencies. The Bank group and its partners would increase resources devoted to gender issues in operations and technical assistance, in Results-Based Initiatives (RBIs), and in policy-relevant research and statistics. An assessment at the end of the four-year period would determine whether to extend the Action Plan’s timeframe.
 

URL: 
http://siteresources.worldbank.org/INTGENDER/Resources/GAPNov2.pdf

Passport to Equality

The Passport to Equality is a document that presents, explains, and reproduces the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) in the form of a personal passport.
 

URL: 
http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0014/001475/147507e.pdf

Women, War, Peace: The Independent Experts’ Assessment on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Women and Women’s Role in Peace-Building (Progress of the World’s Women 2002, Vol. 1)

Historically, the world has been silent about the situation of women in war, almost as silent as the women who remain on the sidelines during war or who are excluded from peace negotiations. In addition, women often lack the confidence and the knowledge needed to participate in peace building and reconstruction. 

But change is possible. "Women, War and Peace" provides examples of women in embattled regions who have been able to overcome the odds and contribute to the safety and well-being of their communities. Personal stories are shared of women involved in peace efforts.
 

URL: 
http://www.unifem.org/materials/item_detail.php?ProductID=17

Expert Profile

Location: 
United States
40° 42' 17.2368" N, 74° 0' 26.0784" W

Kyla Bender-Baird, Research and Programs Manager, is providing the Council with a wide range of research and communications support. She received a BA in Sociology from Principia College and an MS in Women’s Studies from Towson University. Her thesis focused on transgender experiences of employment discrimination. During her time at Towson University, Kyla was a graduate assistant with the Institute for Teaching and Research on Women. On completion of her master’s degree, Kyla served as a Vaid Fellow with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Policy Institute. Kyla first joined the Council as a research consultant for The Big Five initiative. She has interned previously with Planned Parenthood and the Gender Public Advocacy Coalition.

Location

New York, NY 10005
United States
40° 42' 17.2368" N, 74° 0' 26.0784" W
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