A Feminist Approach to UN Women

Margot Baruch, an NCRW AMEX Fellow, recently posted a blog analyzing the newly established UN Women program. She writes that in order “for UN Women to be effective, it needs to incorporate a feminist and women’s human rights lens while working in the bureaucratic confines of the United Nations.” Check out her blog post about UN Women here!

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Feminist Dialogue on Militarism and Military Intervention for the 16 Days Campaign

The Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University has released this video of a feminist dialogue on militarism that it hosted as part of its 16 Days Campaign. The video features Yanar Mohammed (OWFI), Diana Duarte (MADRE), Ann Wright (Ret. US Army Colonel, former US diplomat, and peace activist), Cynthia Enloe (Professor at Clark University), and Esther Hyneman (Women for Afghan Women) and many others.


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Human Face of Economic Policy

By Kyla Bender-Baird

Starting off their mornings with some light economic policy talk, people crowded into the Drew Room at the UN Church Center on February 23rd. It was standing room only for the jointly sponsored CSW panel, “Left Behind by Economic Policy.” Representatives from the National Council for Research on Women, The Opportunity Agenda, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University, and the Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center discussed how economic policy has failed to protect the economic human rights of women and in particular, women of color in the United States.

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Left Behind by Economic Policy: Race, Gender and Class in the United States

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Side event at the 55th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women

Wednesday, February 23rd, 10:00 -11:30am
The Church Center for the UN, 10th Floor
777 United Nations Plaza
44th Street and First Ave.

While recent Census Bureau data indicates that poverty rates are higher than they have been in the last 15 years, the poverty increase is significantly higher for women and single mothers. The panel will feature experienced advocates and organizers offering information on how economic policy has failed to protect the economic human rights of women and in particular, women of color in the United States, and will offer concrete recommendations for improving their economic security and social protections

Moderated by:
Shyama Venkateswar, NCRW Director of Research and Programs

Expert Profile

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Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership, and Professor, Women's and Gender Studies, has a Ph.D. in Economics from Rutgers University. Previously, she was Professor of Economics and International Studies at Marymount Manhattan College. She has worked at the Ford Foundation as a program officer in the Asia Regional Program. She is currently the Chair of the Board of the US Human Rights Network and on the Board of the Center for Constitutional Rights. She is the author of Why MES with Human Rights: Integrating Macro Economic Strategies with Human Rights (Marymount Manhattan College, New York, 2005). She edited The Hidden Assembly Line: Gender Dynamics of Subcontracted Work in a Global Economy (Kumarian Press, 2001) and co-edited Good Sex: Feminist Perspectives from the World’s Religions, with Patricia Jung and Mary Hunt (Rutgers University Press, 2000).


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ELECTION 2010: We Need A Stimulus Package that Includes Women and Builds Human Capital

By Natalia Cardona*

Our government representatives are shying away from a new stimulus under the guise of avoiding a larger deficit. However, another stimulus package is a short-term deficit that will have long-term benefits. An additional stimulus makes economic sense, because the job market lags behind in terms of recovery after a recession. Furthermore, this package is an ethical imperative that would promote the United States’ human rights obligations to the right to work under international law. It will also uphold a non-discriminatory human rights policy that will correct the systemic blind spot the administration experienced in putting women and women of color on the road to recovery.

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Rights Activist Dis-invited as Keynote Speaker on Violence Against Women Due to Right Wing Pressure

April 26, 2010

Statement by Charlotte Bunch, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Rutgers University

On the front line: Longtime advocate for women’s rights still hard at work on the global stage


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For New Mexico-raised international human rights activist and educator Charlotte Bunch, “women’s rights are human rights.”

That may sound selfevident, but it’s still a radical idea in a world where liberty and legal equality are denied many women, sexual violence and patriarchal values are commonplace, and gender discrimination persists.   

For decades a voice for gender equality at the United Nations, Bunch is a “go-to” figure in the global fight for women’s rights. She was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1996, and in 1999, then-President Bill Clinton awarded her the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights.   

Why Human Rights are Indispensable to Financial Regulation

Radhika Balakrishnan and James Heintz push for a system of financial regulation that upholds human rights.

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