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CEDAW: Time to Get the U.S. on Board

Thursday, April 29, 2010 - 12:00pm

The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women:
Time to Get the US on Board

Thursday, April 29
12 PM - 2 PM
Lunch will be served.

The Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) is the most comprehensive human rights treaty for women. First signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, it has never reached the floor of the United States Senate despite bipartisan support in committee. Treaty ratification requires 67 votes. Vigorous efforts are underway to secure ratification this year with the full support of the President, Vice-President, Secretary of State, and the Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

We are proud to present a special panel to discuss why US ratification of CEDAW matters to women in this country and around the world, and what you can do to move it forward. The women of the world are watching to see whether we will join them, or whether we stay in the company of the handful of other countries (including Sudan, Somalia, and Iran) who have not taken part in this international cooperative effort for women's equality. Join us for this crucial conversation on the need for US ratification of CEDAW, and the steps we can take to make it a reality.


June Zeitlin, CEDAW Education Project, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Linda Tarr-Whelan, Distinguished Senior Fellow, Demos

Letty Chiwara, Cross Regional Program Manager, UNIFEM

The discussion will be moderated by WPI Executive Director Michele Wucker.

Thursday, April 29
12:00 - 2 PM
*Lunch will be served.

220 Fifth Avenue (between 26th and 27th streets)
Fifth Floor conference room
New York, New York

This event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required to help us plan appropriately and minimize waste when ordering. RSVP to or to 212.481.5005, option 2, by noon on Wednesday, April 28.

Call the World Policy Institute Events line at 212.481.5005, option 2, with any event-related questions.

About the Speakers:

June Zeitlin is director of the CEDAW Education Project at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. June was formerly the executive director of the Women's Environment & Development Organization (WEDO). Prior to joining WEDO in August 1999, she worked at the Ford Foundation, where her responsibilities included Program Officer for women's rights and opportunities, Director of the Governance and Civil Society Unit, and, most recently, Director of a new project on Gender and Institutional Change. A lawyer and advocate of women's empowerment, Ms. Zeitlin combines strong management skills with clear gender perspectives and expertise on the wide range of issues that have helped make WEDO a leading force in the international women's movement.

Linda Tarr-Whelan is a Demos Distinguished Senior Fellow and former Ambassador to the UN Commission on the Status of Women during the Clinton Administration. She has had a varied career as a nurse, management consultant, advocate, non-profit leader, communicator, union negotiator and government official at the state, national and international levels. Tarr-Whelan has more than 30 years of leadership experience. She previously served as Deputy Assistant for Women's Concerns to President Jimmy Carter, and her policy experience has also included a sub-cabinet appointment in New York State government, Director of Policy for a large public sector union, Chief Lobbyist for the National Education Association, and CEO of the Center for Policy Alternatives, where she focused on women and the economy. She was also named one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Washington by Ladies Home Journal.

Letty Chiwara is the Cross Regional Programs Manager at UNIFEM Headquarters in New York. Prior to joining the UNIFEM Southern Africa Regional Office in Harare as National Programme Officer in 1998, Ms. Chiwara worked as a Town Planning Officer with the government of Zimbabwe. She holds a Masters Degree from the University College London in Urban Development Planning.

Michele Wucker is Executive Director of the World Policy Institute, a nonpartisan center for progressive global policy research and thought leadership which publishes the widely cited and highly respected quarterly magazine, World Policy Journal. She is the author of LOCKOUT: Why America Keeps Getting Immigration Wrong When Our Prosperity Depends on Getting It Right (a Washington Post Book World Best Nonfiction of 2006 Selection) and Why the Cocks Fight: Dominicans, Haitians and the Struggle For Hispaniola. Michele received a 2007 Guggenheim Fellowship for her work on changing views of citizenship, exclusion, and belonging.



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