[16days_discussion] CSW Parallel Sessions

Elahe Amani elahe4peace at yahoo.com
Sat Feb 27 22:21:14 EST 2010

Dear friends,
If you are attending CSW this year, I would like to extend a personal invitation to come and meet us at the following panel discussions.
Peace and solidarity,
Elahe Amani
Co-Chair, Women Intercultural Network
win at win-cawa.org

Women Intercultural Network & US Women Connect 
Presents opening Forum 
Strategies for Gender Equality
10:00am , Monday March 1, 2010 Church Center 2nd floor
2".  Our
stellar panel this year includes Elahe Amani,  Co-Chair, WIN, Welcoming; Jean Shinoda Bolen, The Millionth Circle;
Olivia Calderon, New America Foundation; Gloria Feldt, Women's Media Center;
Clare Winterton, International Museum of Women; Tae Yoo,  Cisco Sytems;  Hon. Jackie Weatherspoon,  New
England USWC Coalition;  Rosemary Smithson,
President USWC and Loretta Ross, SisterSong,  Moderating.  The panelists will
address their  paradigms and strategies
for moving gender equality and human rights forward locally and globally - what
works and what are the possibilities for the next  'innovation' decade.  An open forum will follow for Q&A and
audience participation.  As an opening
panel for the UN NGO CSW, this session is an opportunity to make connections for
the coming week and share scheduled events.  Everyone is welcome.
As part of the 
54th Session of the Commission on the
Status of Women Conference
AIDOS – Italian Association for Women in Development
The Women’s Movement In Iran
15 Years After Beijing
March 4,
4 pm -
5:30 pm
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Shirin Ebadi
and other Iranian Women’s Rights activists including Parvin Ardalan discussing 
the situation of Iranian women 15 years
after the Beijing Conference:
 domestic violence, women and minorities, 
and strategies of the
women’s movement towards empowerment.
panel will be coordinated by Daniela Colombo, AIDOS President
Main Auditorium
Salvation Army International Social Justice
221 East 52nd Street– New York
March 5th
Women's Learning
Partnership (WLP)
in cooperation with
The New School for Social Research
2020 Vision:
Mobilizing for Women's Rights and Eliminating Violence against Women
March 5, 2010, 9:30am - 4:30pm
John Tishman Auditorium at the New School for Social
66 West 12th Street, New York, NY
Seats are limited. RSVP online or by email.
As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, women's
rights leaders build upon our collective experience to secure our vision for a
future free from violence and grounded in equality both locally and globally.
Keynote speakers will highlight major challenges to women's
empowerment and share a roadmap for success in the second decade of the 21st
Melanne Verveer, U.S.
Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women's Issues
Thoraya Obaid, Executive Director of UNFPA
Mary Robinson, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, 1997-2002
Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace laureate, 2003
Securing Women's Safety and Dignity:
Mobilizing for a World Free of Violence against Women
Asma Khader(Jordan), Sindi Medar-Gould (Nigeria), and Jacqueline Pitanguy (Brazil) will
discuss grassroots mobilization and awareness-raising strategies including
street theater and organizing men, youth, and target constituencies in
academia, the media, health, and justice sectors. They will discuss connections
between mobilization efforts and international conflict resolution and
peacekeeping mechanisms such as UN Security Council resolution 1325.
MovementBuildingfrom the Local to the Global:
What the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against
(CEDAW) Means for Women at the Grassroots
Lina Abou Habib(Lebanon), Wajeeha Al-Baharna (Bahrain), and Parvin Ardalan (Iran) will discuss the Arab regional CEDAW campaign Equality without
Reservation, the Claiming Equal Citizenship campaign for equal nationality
rights, and the One Million Signatures campaign to reform discriminatory family
laws in Iran and how they have transcended traditional political, economic, and
cultural barriers to mobilize women's rights activists at the local, national,
and international levels.
Mahnaz Afkhami, President of Women's Learning Partnership, and Arien
Mack, editor of Social Research, will moderate.
For more information: 301-654-2774 
wlp at learningpartnership.org | www.learningpartnership.org
March 6th 
San Francisco Department on the
Status of Women:
Presentations at the United Nations
Commission on the Status of Women 
NGO Parallel Session, Beijing +15
Violence Against Women: Perspectives
from Bahrain, Ecuador, Iran and the US
4 pm - 5:30 pm, Friday, March 5, 2010
Salvation Army International Social
Justice Commission, 221 East 52nd St. (between 2nd and 3rd Avenues)
Exceptionally dynamic elected and appointed women leaders
representing communities from Bahrain, Ecuador, Iran ( Elahe
Amani, Co-Chair of Women Intercultural Network “,
and the United States will discuss their perspectives on
violence against women and the strategies they have promoted in accordance with
the Beijing Platform for Action. What new integrated measures to prevent and
eliminate violence against women have been explored? What have studies of the
causes and consequences of violence against women revealed? What do we now know
about the effectiveness of preventive measures? What is the status of the fight
against trafficking?  This international
and cross-cultural  panel will shed new
light on these issues that impact all women.
Women Intercultural Network
From Social Media to Social Action - Women’s
Media in Action
7 March, 2010
2pm – 3:30pm
Location: Church Center Building for the UN, 777 UN Plaza, New York
A panel of three action-based women will
discuss how they utilize media to mobilize social action in civil society. Elahe
Amani, co-chair of WIN – Women’s Intercultural Network will discuss the role of
twitter in the civil rights movement in Iran. Lys
Anzia, Founder/Editor-at-Large of Women News Network will share her knowledge
as a journalist. Parvin Ardalan, the award winning women activist from Iran , will share how the Iranian women’s
movement utilizes cyberspace for coordinated efforts to change
discriminatory laws in Iran . This event is sponsored by the Women’s Intercultural Network, a Non-Governmental
Organization in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social
Council (ECOSOC).
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