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Women’s Rights are Human Rights: Using CEDAW to Advance Women’s Human Rights LIVE

Mon, Mar 5, 2012

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In honor of International Women’s Day The World Bank, the Nordic Trust Fund and the Leadership Conference Education Fund invite you to a special event on CEDAW and Human Rights

This event explores the critical role that CEDAW has played in promoting the empowerment of women and girls in developing countries, resulting in concrete advances for societies worldwide.  International policymakers, country representatives, and NGO leaders discussed the way forward in tackling gaps in women’s voice, agency, participation and access to justice–key dimensions identified in the 2012 World Development Report on Gender Equality and Development.

Monday, March 5, 2012
12:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m.

Preston Auditorium
World Bank Main Complex
1818 H Street NW
Washington, DC

Luncheon Keynote Speakers:

Melanne Verveer
Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues
U.S. Department of State

Dr. Sima Samar
Chairperson, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission
Former Minister of Women’s Affairs, Afghanistan

Other speakers include:

Caroline Anstey Managing Director, World Bank
Mahnaz Afkhami Founder and President, Women’s Learning Partnership
Sihem Badi Minister of Women’s Affairs, Tunisia
Kazi M. Aminul Islam Alternate Executive Director, Bangladesh, The World Bank
Jeni Klugman Director, Gender and Development, The World Bank
Dubravka Simonovic Member, CEDAW Committee, Croatia

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About Mahnaz Afkhami

A lifetime advocate for the rights of women, Mahnaz Afkhami works with activists across the world, especially in Muslim majority societies, to help women become leaders. She is Founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP), Executive Director of Foundation for Iranian Studies...more

Quotables – Empowerment

"To play their role properly, women everywhere must become far more involved in the affairs of their respective societies. Women must become empowered." - Leading to Choices: A Leadership Training Handbook for Women

"Rights and empowerment are interconnected: unless a substantial number of women in a community come to believe that they have rights and demand to exercise them, right remains an abstraction." - Faith and Freedom

"Women's empowerment is a process, a holistic approach that involves raising consciousness, building skills and reforming unjust laws that limit women's education, their employment, their participation in decision making, and above all, their opportunities for economic independence." - Freedom Leads To Empowerment

"[Modern information technology] has the potential to empower women in ways unprecedented in the social and cultural evolution of human history" - Making IT Our Own: Introduction

Quotables – Human Rights

"We must pose the question: why is it that the denial of the most rudimentary rights to civil treatment for women is always based on some fundamental point of culture? Is this culture real, or is it a fetish that is used to maintain some economic, social, or simply psychological privilege?" - A Vision of Gender in Culture

"Women's status in society has become the standard by which humanity's progress toward civility and peace can be measured." - Architects for Peace

"The crass infringement of women's rights we see in the Muslim world has more to do with power, patriarchy, and misuse of religion as political weapon than with religion properly understood as individual faith." - Gender Apartheid, Cultural Relativism, and Women's Human Rights

"Rights and empowerment are interconnected: unless a substantial number of women in a community come to believe that they have rights and demand to exercise them, right remains an abstraction." - Faith and Freedom