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Published:December 8th, 2009 20:38 EST

Changing the World for Women

By Zoneziwoh Mbondgulo

FREE WEBINAR, DEC 10th, CHANGING THE WORLD FOR WOMEN 99 years ago, International Women`s Day was launched, with women demanding the right to vote, work, hold public office and an end to job discrimination. 65 years ago. The Charter of the United Nations was the first international agreement to proclaim gender equali...ty as a fundamental human right. 62 years ago, the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

17 years ago, the United Nations passed a resolution, saying States should condemn violence against women. 16 years ago, the UN passed a resolution outlining a platform for action for states to eliminate violence against women and girls. 7 years ago, the UN passed a resolution saying states should implement the commitments made in the platform for action. 5 years ago, at the World Summit, world leaders declared that "progress for women is progress for all`. 2 years ago, UNIFEM began a public campaign to "inspire` the member states to act by 2015.

Kofi Annan, Former UN Secretary-General, has said There is no policy more effective in promoting development, health and education than the empowerment of women and girls. And I would venture that no policy is more important in preventing conflict, or in achieving reconciliation after a conflict has ended. We do have achievements to celebrate in women`s representation around the world" But we have far, far more to do..." Violence against women is perhaps the most shameful human rights violation, and it is perhaps the most pervasive.

It knows no boundaries of geography, culture or wealth. As long as it continues, we cannot claim to be making real progress towards equality, development and peace. Is it all talk? One in 3 women can`t afford to wait another 5 years for states to "feel inspired` " JOIN THE FREE WEBINAR AND HELP CHANGE THE WORLD FOR WOMEN A Safe World for Women.

Topics:

1) Female Genital Mutilation (circumcision). Touching on the sensitive subject of cultural traditions.
2) Female Genocide in India. The need for UN recognition, in line with the 1948 Charter to prevent genocide.
3) Empowering women and girls in refugee camps and post-conflict situations.
4) A Safe World for Women is a Safe World for All. The challenge of getting men to see women`s empowerment as beneficial to all, and not a threat.
5) Getting the world`s leaders to recognise abuse of women as the # 1 global issue.

Facilitator
Christine Crowstaff, co-founder, The Women for a Change International Foundation

Speakers:
Emily Hiatt
WFAC Advocate Consultant
Emily has personal experience of domestic violence.
Now a professional and passionate advocate, Emily works with the US Government. A lobbyist on health care and environmental policy, Emily has previously worked at the White House Office of Global Communications, US Congress, and other international affairs organisations.

Julia Lalla-Maharajh
Overseas Advocacy Adviser on Female Genital Mutilation, in Cambodia and Ethiopia.

Rita Banerji
Calcutta, India. Founder of the 50 Million Missing Campaign, tackling feticide, infanticide, and dowry murders.

Manal Mustafa Al Azraq
Volunteer with NGO in the Dheisheh Refugee Camp, Bethlehem, Palestine.

Fiona Gaffa
Ugandan Born Human Rights advocate, living in the UK. Fiona has a degree in law and currently works as a Human rights and Equality officer for a local charity.

A Safe World for Women " The Way Forwards
Please Note: (This event requires prior registration (free). To register please visit http://www.asafeworldforwomen.org/webinar.html)