New Brunswick, New Jersey: July 16-18, 2010
The Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) hosted the US Human Rights Network Summer Institute in mid July 2010 for advanced practitioners in social justice organizing. The training provided advocates and organizers with practical analytical tools to aid with demand development, campaign messaging, strategy development and policy recommendations on macroeconomic policies and Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR). The 2010 Summer Institute explored critical issues pertaining to the application and exercise of ESCR in the United States. The institute examined four areas in particular: macroeconomic policy and ESCR; the impact of "biased" policies and neo-liberal globalization on oppressed (i.e. Indigenous, Black, Latino, Asian, immigrant, etc.) communities; participatory practices and the realization of ESCR; and methods and evaluative tools for monitoring ESCR violations.
United Nations, Geneva, Switzerland: November 5, 2010
Over the last ten months CWGL has been involved in civil society advocacy for the United States first United Nations Universal Periodic Review which includes the development of a cluster report on integrating human rights into macroeconomic policy in the US. On November 5, 2010 the UN and Member States reviewed the status of human rights in the US. Over 200 recommendations were received from over 80 Member States inscribed to speak. Topics ranged from treaty body ratification of CEDAW, CRC, CRPD, CMW, and ICESCR to the abolishment of the death penalty to the elimination of extraterritorial torture. Furthermore, new precedence was set for state responsibility in participating in the UPR. The US administration sent over 30 representatives from the housing, labor, education, and health offices although CWGL noted the absence of a macroeconomics policy expert. After the review, CWGL along with CESR, ESCR-Net, PERI, Urban Justice Center, and USHRN organized a side event entitled, “Building Foundations for Freedom from Want in the Land of Plenty.” Speakers focused on economic and social rights violations in the US including progressive realization of rights, the distribution of resources, amounts of resources used on social expenditure, the implications of unemployment in communities of women and people of color, and moving forward to March 2010. Finally, CWGL participated in a US sponsored Town Hall event. The Center and partners will continue to monitor the US’s UPR process through March 2011 and beyond.