International Activists to Convene in New York, March 6, on Future of Global Women’s Rights Movement

International Activists to Convene in New York, March 6, on Future of Global Women’s Rights Movement

Charlotte Bunch to be honored, Mary Robinson to speak

 

About the Center for Women’s Global Leadership: Established in 1990 as a unit of the Institute for Women’s Leadership at Rutgers, the center develops and facilitates women’s leadership for women’s human rights and social justice worldwide. CWGL’s programs promote the leadership of women and advance feminist perspectives in policy-making processes on the local, national and international levels.

As part of international programs in the School of Arts and Sciences, the center works from a human rights perspective with an emphasis on the issues of violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and socio-economic well-being. The center’s programs are in the areas of policy and advocacy, leadership development and women’s human rights education.


Charlotte Bunch

Charlotte Bunch

About Charlotte Bunch:

When she joined the Rutgers faculty in 1987, Bunch was already an established activist at the heart of the international feminist movement to redefine women’s rights as human rights. Her 1989 article, “Women’s Rights as Human Rights: Towards a Re-vision of Human Rights,” is a landmark treatise of the movement. She has written, co-authored or edited scores of articles and books that articulate the case for women’s human rights and the battle to achieve them.

Bunch is a respected contributor to the dialogue on women’s rights at the highest levels of government, while remaining committed to the efforts of grass-roots women’s rights organizations around the world. She is the founding director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, stepping down from the directorship last year but remaining as a senior scholar and member of Rutgers’ faculty. Recently, she has played a significant role in the Gender Equality Architecture Reform movement (GEAR) to urge the U.N. General Assembly to create a stronger and well-funded women’s rights and gender equality agency led by an undersecretary general.

To honor her contributions to the advancement of women’s human rights, CWGL will launch the Charlotte Bunch Women’s Human Rights Strategic Opportunities Fund at Rutgers. In 1996, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and in 1999, received the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights. She has been profiled on network television, in The New York Times and by numerous other media, and is the subject of a new documentary, Passionate Politics: The Life & Work of Charlotte Bunch, to be previewed at the March 6 forum and tribute.

 

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