Human Rights

Economic Justice for Women of Color: a Human Rights Perspective


Don't Miss this special panel on econonomic justice!

Monday, March 5th
4:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Drew Room (lower level)
CCUN Building Church Center for the United Nations
777 UN Plaza (corner of 44th St. and First Avenue)
New York, NY  

The event will take place in the Drew Room, Ground Floor at the CCUN building from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm on Monday, March 5th. Women of color continue to be disproportionately represented in low-wage work. Consequently, they are less likely to have access to paid sick time, family leave, vacation, retirement savings, and other components of the human right to decent work. The panel will feature human rights advocates, economists, and organizers offering concrete human rights-based solutions for advancing economic justice for women, and in particular, women of color in the United States.

Making Macroeconomics Work for US: A Feminist Perspective

As the world experiences increasing inequalities and gaps between and within countries, women’s rights organizations are working to challenge current hegemonic systems and develop alternatives for change. Building on feminist economic analyses, the Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) is undertaking the production of periodic briefs - Nexus: Shaping Feminist Visions in the 21st Century - to enhance women’s leadership for the realization of human rights. The briefs aim to both engender analytical and practical approaches to human rights in general, and economic and social rights in particular, as well as strengthen the capacity of feminist and social justice movements.

Brief Number 1 - "Making Macroeconomics Work For US: A Feminist Perspective" - highlights linkages between macroeconomics and human rights in order to better inform discussions about solutions to the current economic crisis in the United States.


Macroeconomics and the Human Rights to Water and Sanitation

This report is the culmination of a two-day experts meeting, “Macroeconomics and the Rights to Water and Sanitation,” which took place in Lisbon, Portugal from March 31 to April 1, 2011. The meeting was organized as a means to contribute to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation’s work on gender equality and macroeconomics. To this end the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) in collaboration with the Special Rapporteur brought together economists, researchers and advocacy specialists working from a feminist perspective to offer analyses and recommendations.


Applying a Human Rights Perspective to Macroeconomic Policy


The Center for Women's Global Leadership
invites you to an
Economics Workshop:
Applying a Human Rights Perspective to Macroeconomic Policy

Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 4:00-8:00pm
Church Center for the United Nations
777 UN Plaza (44th and 1st Ave), 10th Floor

RSVP by Wednesday, February 23rd to

Note: Light dinner will be served.



By Linda Basch and Kyla Bender-Baird

December 10th was Human Rights Day, a day established in honor of the General Assembly’s adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. Each year, our calendar is filled with such commemorative dates—World AIDS Day, Equal Pay Day, Women’s Equality Day, International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. On these days, proclamations are made, thought leaders gather for panel discussions and press conferences, and Facebook and Twitter accounts buzz with videos and changed profile pictures. For those of us in the business of changing the world, these days also offer us an opportunity to reflect on how we do our work.

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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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The legal system as a tool to protect women’s rights

by Ruth Schechter
Originally posted May 16, 2010 on Gender News from the Clayman Institute for Gender Research

Globally, women face a unique range of human rights issues, from female circumcision to sex slavery, domestic violence, infanticide, and honor killings.

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