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Website merging into NE Women’s Forum

November 30, 2010

The Beijing + 15 Massachusetts website will be merged into the New England Women’s Forum website.  Please update your bookmarks.  This website will no longer be updated.  Please visit the new website:


Historic Senate Hearing on CEDAW

November 17, 2010

(from CEDAW 2010 website)

For the first time since 2002, the United State Senate will hold a hearing on CEDAW, the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, on November 18, 2010.

Witness List

Hearing before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Human Rights and the Law on “Women’s Rights Are Human Rights: U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)”:

Thursday, November 18, 2010
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room 226
2:00 p.m.

Panel I
Ambassador Melanne Verveer
Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
Washington, DC

Samuel R. Bagenstos
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice
Washington, DC

Panel II
Geena Davis
Actor and Founder, The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Marina Del Ray, CA

Wazhma Frogh
Policy and Advocacy Specialist
Afghan Women’s Network Afghanistan

Marcia D. Greenberger
Co-President National Women’s Law Center
Washington, DC

Steven Groves
Bernard and Barbara Lomas Fellow
The Heritage Foundation
Washington, DC

Deadline JUNE 10: Sign the petition!

May 25, 2010

In mid June, GEAR Campaign representatives will present a petition to “Make the United Nations more effective in realizing women’s rights” to the United Nations President of the General Assembly, H.E. Dr. Ali Abdussalam Treki. If you have not already signed on, please do so before June 10th when the petition will close. Also, please disseminate widely to your networks and constituencies.

GEAR Petition Links:

Arabic –
English –
French –
Spanish –

We thank you for your support and will share more GEAR updates shortly.

The GEAR Campaign

Thank you!

April 27, 2010

Thank you to all the women and girls who attended on April 17th. We gathered together to inspire and be inspired by each other’s stories and experiences. We hope you continue to find the “warrior woman” inside you as you go through your days.

From this summit, we will produce a report that will include your assessment and outcomes of the 12 critical areas. The report will be made available to you and presented to our policy makers, NGOs and others who work toward gender equality for all.

We look forward to sharing the report with you soon.  In the meantime, please visit our facebook site to view photos from the event.

US Senator Kerry and Senate President Murray

April 15, 2010
Letter from US Senator John Kerry

Letter of Welcome from US Senator John Kerry

Letter from Senate President Therese Murray

Letter of Welcome from Senate President Therese Murray

How to register!

April 15, 2010

Online registration closed yesterday, Wed, April 14.

You may arrive on the day and register with check, credit card, or cash. We want to ensure all women and girls of Massachusetts have an opportunity to voice their concerns and join the progress for change!

Bring your daughters, mother, grandmother!
See you on Saturday!

Facilitator and Breakout Sessions

April 11, 2010

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Young Women's Facilitators

Adult Women’s Breakout Sessions: Participants choose an area within the 12 critical areas of concern from the Platform for Action.  The 12 areas are paired up to create 6 areas of concern:


  • Connie Chow, Executive Director, Science Club for Girls
  • Susan Webber, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, Pine Manor College

Institutional Mechanism & Power Sharing:

  • Rev. Cheng Imm Tan, Executive Director, City of Boston, Office of New Bostonians
  • Marta Rosa, Director of Government Affairs, Wheelock College

Girl-Child & Media:

  • Michelle Harrington, Executive Director, Strong Women Strong Girls
  • Kimberly Zouzoua, Director of Diversity and Community Collaborations, Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts

Violence & Armed Conflicts:

  • Sayre Sheldon, Co-Founder, WAND
  • Brenda Lett, Former President of Manchester NAACP

Health & Environment:

  • Elisa Choi, Physician, Harvard Medical School; Board, MAP for Health
  • Leah Hart Tennen, MPH, CHES, LICSW, Manager of Group Mentoring, Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

Poverty & Economy:

  • Phyllis Killam-Abell, UNH former Commissioner of CSW
  • Marie Turley, Executive Director, City of Boston, Women’s Commission
  • Debra Cooper, Senior Field Coordinator, Policy and Advocacy CARE