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(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.
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
Ambassador Melanne Verveer
Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues
U.S. Department of State
Samuel R. Bagenstos
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division
U.S. Department of Justice
Actor and Founder, The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media
Marina Del Ray, CA
Policy and Advocacy Specialist
Afghan Women’s Network Afghanistan
Marcia D. Greenberger
Co-President National Women’s Law Center
Bernard and Barbara Lomas Fellow
The Heritage Foundation
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 – http://www.amnesty.org/ar/appeals-for-action/gear
English – http://www.amnesty.org/en/appeals-for-action/gear
French – http://www.amnesty.org/fr/appeals-for-action/gear
Spanish – http://www.amnesty.org/es/appeals-for-action/gear
We thank you for your support and will share more GEAR updates shortly.
The GEAR Campaign
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.
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!
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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