Every year, the Commission on the Status of Women -- one of the major bodies of the United Nations devoted to gender equality -- meets at the UN headquarters in New York. This year's meeting has taken on particular significance, given that it marks fifteen years since the adoption of the Beijing Platform for Action, a landmark UN document representing key women's human rights commitments from member states. Starting this week, women's human rights advocates, members of the media and government representatives are now gathering to debate the current status of women's rights worldwide -- and where we need to go from here.
So this week and next week, MADRE is switching into high gear. We're looking forward to the chance to meet and strategize with women's rights advocates from around the world, to address issues such as the on-going disaster response in Haiti and the impact of armed conflict on women in places like Afghanistan and Colombia.
We are also organizing an event this Wednesday at noon with the Center for Women's Global Leadership, on the topic of "Comparative Strategies to End Violence Against Women." More details are available here.
MADRE's event and many other events are open to the public, so this is your chance to participate! For a full listing of open events, click here.