GFW Celebrates Creation of ‘UN Women’ After Four Years of Advocacy

The Global Fund joins hands with the Gender Equality Architecture Reform (GEAR) campaign to celebrate the approval for the creation of UN Women, the new gender equality entity at the UN.This new agency is poised to be a larger, more coherent and coordinated UN agency to advance women’s rights.

The GEAR campaign comprises a network of over 300 women’s, human rights and social justice groups around the world, including several sister groups and grantees of the Global Fund. GFW Board Member and founding member of the GEAR campaign Charlotte Bunch stated in a news release, “We have high expectations for this new agency to be a solid foundation for advancing the human rights of women as central to global policy efforts to reduce poverty and move toward greater realization of peace and democracy in the world.   The coalition of women’s groups and other social justice, human rights and development organizations that played a pivotal role in this effort will now turn its efforts toward ensuring that the new body has the human and financial resources necessary to succeed.”  This move has been sought by women’s organizations and other civil society organizations around the world since the UN established a System-Wide Coherence Panel for UN Reform in 2006.

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US Social Forum's Call for a Stronger Antiwar Movement

GFW’s Christine Ahn reflects on last month’s US Social Forum held in Detroit and how diverse movements came together to link the domestic recession with global military expansion.The article also outlines the importance of connecting transnational feminists led by many groups in the global south, including GFW grantees that attended the forum. Read the analysis.


Why We Need a U.S.-Based Feminist Anti-Militarism Movement

“We have leadership development schools for our children because they will decide if they will participate in these wars or not,” said Claudia Castellenos, a human rights lawyer from Popular Feminine Organization Against the War and for Peace in Colombia.

Women attending a US Social Forum workshopClaudia was among three GFW grantees who we supported to attend the U.S. Social Forum (USSF) in Detroit, where over 15,000 activists participated in 1,000 self-organized workshops on building social change and movements in the U.S. The motto of the World Social Forum is “Another World is Possible,” whereas the USSF motto is, “But Another U.S. is Necessary.”

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"Face to Face" Debate: Add Your Voice!

GFW President and CEO Kavita Ramdas will appear Wednesday on “Face-to-Face,” the first of a series of UN TV debates launched by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). Kavita will be joined by Thoraya Obaid of UNFPA, Irina Bokova of UNESCO and Professor Kwame Anthony Appiah of Princeton University at the UN Headquarters to debate: “Women’s empowerment, development cooperation, and culture.”

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Gay McDougall Wins Thurgood Marshall Award

Gay McDougallGFW Board member Gay McDougall, who is also the United Nations’ first Independent Expert on Minority Issues, was chosen by the DC Bar council to be the 2010 Thurgood Marshall Award.

The award is presented biennially to an individual who has shown a strong commitment to and excellence in the fields of civil rights and individual liberties, and will be presented as part of the Bar’s Annual Awards Dinner on June 24. “I am thrilled to receive the D.C. Bar’s Thurgood Marshall Award. There is nothing more meaningful than to be honored by your friends and colleagues,” Ms. McDougall said.

Read a news release on the award »

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