Global Feminist Dream Day…

So for those of you who don’t know I am attending the Feminist Intensive for faculty and staff in NYC hosted by Amy Richards and Jen Baumgardener…3 days of intense exposure to what feminist activism looks like right now…there are pictures and details and stories which I will post soon — but for now this was our schedule today.

9:00 AM         Orientation Breakfast with Jennifer and Amy at Equality Now
11 AM             Equality Now with Yasmeen Hassan
 
Yasmeen Hassan is the global director of Equality Now. Before joining the organization, Ms. Hassan was with the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women where she worked on the implementation of CEDAW and the Secretary-General’s study on violence against women. She has been involved in women’s rights since very early in her career, authoring the first study of domestic violence in Pakistan, which ultimately became Pakistan’s submission to the Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing 1995. She has written several papers and opinion editorials on the situation of women which have been published in the Washington Post and the International Herald Tribune. Ms. Hassan holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School where she studied Islamic law and women’s rights. She practiced corporate law at David Polk & Wardwell from 1995 to 2003 and clerked on the D.C. Court of Appeals from 1994 to 1995.
 
Equality Now works for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women and girls around the world. Working with grassroots women’s and human rights organizations and individual activists since 1992, Equality Now documents violence and discrimination against women and mobilizes international action to support efforts to stop these abuses.
 
**We will travel together to our next meeting.
 
1 to 2:30                    Lunch with Joanne Sandler @ her home
Joanne Sandler is an independent consultant focused on women’s human rights and organizational change strategies. She is a Senior Associate of Gender@Work, an international collaborative that strengthens organizations to build cultures of equality and social justice. Between 2001-2010 she served as Executive Director at UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), and helped establish UN Women in 2010. Joanne played a key role in establishing numerous initiatives including grant making funds, such as the UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women and the Fund for Gender Equality; and innovative pilot programs, including Safe Cities for Women and Girls, Gender-Responsive Planning and Budgeting, and UN Women’s flagship publication,Progress of the World’s Women. Joanne has also served on boards of numerous organizations, including Breakthrough, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), and Women Make Movies. She was recently appointed to the Global Civil Society Advisory Group of UN Women.
 
3 PM               Women’s World Banking with Jane Sloane, Vice President of Development
 
Jane Sloane has held executive positions for seven marquee social sector organizations including World Vision, Marie Stopes International, International Women’s Development Agency, Austrade, World Vision, Sydney Media Centre for the Sydney Olympic Games and the Social Entrepreneurs Network. Among other citations, she has received a Churchill Fellowship to improve Humanitarian Emergency Response Models for Australia and the region after the Asian tsunami, an Australian Government Endeavour Professional Award focused on increasing Pacific women’s political participation, and is one of the original 75 Australian climate change presenters trained by Al Gore. Ms. Sloane holds a Masters degree in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Sydney and a BA (Hons) History from the University of Adelaide and is currently undertaking a doctorate in Public Health.
Women’s World Banking is a non-profit, microfinance institution, consisting of 39 financial organizations in 27 countries, providing low-income women access to financial services and information. WWB helps microfinance institutions move away from a strictly credit-led approach toward providing a broader array of financial products and service, including savings and insurance to help the poor build comprehensive financial safety nets.
 
6:30 PM         Dinner at Aurora with Robin Morgan and Irshad Manji
Irshad Manji is a New York Times bestselling author, professor of leadership and advocate of liberal reform within Islam. Irshad directs New York University’s Moral Courage Project, which teaches people worldwide to challenge political correctness, intellectual conformity and self-censorship. As a faithful Muslim, she emphasizes Islam’s own tradition of “ijtihad,” or independent thinking. The Jakarta Post in Indonesia, the world’s biggest Muslim-majority country, identifies Irshad as one of three women making a positive difference in Islam today. Her latest book, Allah, Liberty and Love, is sparking fierce debate internationally.
Robin Morgan is an award-winning poet, novelist, political theorist, feminist activist,and best-selling author, who has published more than 20 books, including the now-classic anthologies Sisterhood Is Powerful, Sisterhood Is Global, and Sisterhood Is Forever: The Women’s Anthology for A New Millennium. A founder of contemporary US feminism, she has been a leader in the international women’s movement for 25 years. She has traveled–as organizer, lecturer, journalist–across Europe, to Australia, Brazil, the Caribbean, Central America, China, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Nepal, New Zealand, Pacific Island nations, the Philippines, and South Africa; she has twice spent months in the Palestinian refugee camps in Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, West Bank, and Gaza, reporting on the conditions of women. In 1990, as Ms. Editor-in-Chief, she re-launched the magazine as an international, award-winning, ad-free bimonthly. Recently, she co-founded The Women’s Media Center.
 
a day to remember…
more soon.
 
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