Global Women Unite to Challenge U.S. Foreign Policy

NEW YORK, NY – The Global Fund for Women (GFW) and the Women of Color Resource Center (WCRC) have teamed up to convene 100 leading women activists from around the world to discuss "Women's Global Strategies for the 21st Century."

From September 10-13, 2005, 100 women - grassroots activists, policymakers, foundation representatives and academics from all regions of the world - will meet at Sarah Lawrence, the historic women's college in Bronxville, N.Y., to address challenges and opportunities for global women's unity.

"Building global alliances is critical for the U.S. women's movement if it is to take its place as part of the women's movement worldwide," says Kavita N. Ramdas, President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women, the largest grantmaking foundation in the world focused exclusively on supporting international women's human rights.

Thirty international and 70 North American women will assess how to strengthen and deepen transnational solidarity between women of the global North and South. The three-day meeting will focus on political education about the impact of U.S. militarism, religious fundamentalism and economic globalization on women in the U.S. and around the world.

Prominent leaders, such as Amina Mama from Nigeria/South Africa, Tarcila Rivera Zea of Peru, Nawal Yaziji from Syria, and European Parliament member Luisa Morgantini of Italy are among the international women who will present initiatives taken by women for equality and human rights in their countries. Leading U.S. women such as human rights advocates Gay McDougall of Washington, D.C.-based Global Rights and Charlotte Bunch of the Rutger's Center for Women's Global Leadership, among others, will strategize together to check the global assault on women.

"This meeting comes at a crucial time in world history," says Linda Burnham, Executive Director of the Women of Color Resource Center, "when women - especially U.S. women - will need to reign in the Bush administration's agenda to dismantle women's hard-earned human rights globally. That is the most critical way we can show support and solidarity to women around the world."


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