Oct 8, 2015
6:30pm - 8:00pm    |    Furman 214, 245 Sullivan Street, New York City

Valid ID and RSVP required. RSVP here or email Audrey.Watne@nyu.edu. Refreshments will be provided.

This panel brings together advocates, practitioners, and academics to discuss inequality, human rights, and the gender gap from a global perspective. Speakers will address the persistence of inequalities based on gender, but also those based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and they will explore strategies for promoting substantive equality here in the United States and around the world. By examining the intersectionality of inequalities, this panel aims to deepen our understanding of common obstacles to the realization of the human rights of women and of sexual minorities around the world, situating domestic debates about gender disparity in the broader global struggle for full equality. Panelists will offer both theoretical considerations and practical suggestions regarding the types of changes in the macroeconomic environment and in public policy that can advance substantive equality.

This event is part of a new initiative of the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice on inequality, the global economy, and human rights. The aim of the multiyear program is to critically examine the role of international human rights law in regulating the global economy and countering its tendency to exacerbate inequalities.  By promoting discussions on how these inequalities manifest for different groups in society, the Center seeks to enhance understanding of the structural causes of deepening inequalities in the United States and around the world, and contribute to the development of strategies to promote equal enjoyment of human rights for all.

About the panelists

Laura Turquet is the Manager of UN Women’s flagship report, Progress of the World’s Women. She is a co-author of the latest edition of the report, Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights. She has worked at UN Women (and its predecessor organization UNIFEM) for over six years, and was the lead author of the 2011 report In Pursuit of Justice. Before that, she has worked for various NGOs, women’s organizations and research institutes on different aspects of women’s rights. In 2013, Laura co-edited a book (with Rosalind Eyben) called Feminists in Development Organizations: Change from the margins.

Dina M. Siddiqi divides her time between the US and Bangladesh, where she is a Professor of Anthropology at the Department of Economics and Social Sciences at BRAC University. Her publications cover a broad spectrum: Islam and transnational feminism; gender justice and non state dispute resolution systems; nationalism; human rights; and women in the garment industry.  She serves on the editorial board of Routledge’s Women in Asia Publication Series. She is currently completing a book entitled Elusive Solidarities: ‘Muslim’ Women and Transnational Feminism at Work.  She holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

Cynthia Rothschild Cynthia Rothschild is an independent activist and consultant with a focus on United Nations advocacy and policy, sexual rights, HIV & AIDS, and women human rights defenders. A human rights, women’s rights and sexual rights activist for over 20 years, she is the author of Written Out: How Sexuality is Used to Attack Women’s Organizing; the co-author of Strengthening Resistance: Confronting Violence Against Women and HIV/AIDS and Amnesty International’s Crimes of Hate, Conspiracy of Silence: Torture and Ill-Treatment Based on Sexual Identity. She is currently editing a manual on documenting experiences of women human rights defenders.

Beverly Cooper Neufeld is President of BCN Consulting Group LLC and Founder of PowHer New York: a statewide network working across typical barriers to connect issues, energize a movement, and accelerate economic equality. Neufeld led the Equal Pay Campaign which passed the 2015 NYS Equal Pay Act; started the NY Women’s Business Principles Initiative as President of NYWA, and as E.D. of The White House Project led groundbreaking research and started “SheSource” and “Vote, Run, Lead” to expand women’s leadership opportunities. Currently, she is also coordinating advocacy to expand board diversity policies in New York for 2020 Women on Boards.



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