Coalition Building


UN Commission on the Status of Women 

61st Session • March 13 - 24, 2017

Women's Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work

CWGL Sponsored and Co-Sponsored Events:

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  • March 8, 2017 (2PM-6PM): Krishanti Dharmaraj and Charlotte Bunch will be speaking at GAIA's International Women's Day event Women Organizing for Peace: Theories and Praxis in the Ruth Dill Johnson Crockett Building, 162 Ryders Lane, Rutgers University.
  • March 11, 2017 (3PM-5PM): Feminist Alliance for Right's open house event at the Westin Grand Central 212 E42nd Street. RSVP by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • March 12, 2017 (10:40AM - 12PM): Radhika Balakrishnan will be speaking at the Consultation Day's panel, Women's Rights and Gender Equity in the Changing World of Work, at The Kaye Auditorium, E. 68th St between Lexington and Park Avenues. 
  • March 15, 2017 (10:30AM): Krishanti Dharmaraj will be speaking at the parallel event Intersectionality of Gender, Disability and Indigenous Identity: Experiences in Cross-Movement Collaboration to Empower Indigenous Women with Disabilities at the Armenian Cultural Center 630 2nd Ave, New York, New York. Sponsored by International Disability Alliance and the Disability Rights Advocacy Fund.
  • March 15, 2017 (6:30PM-7:45PM): Charlotte Bunch will be a panelist at The Secretary-General's First 100 Days: Toward a More Feminist United Nations event in Conference Room 8 of the United Nations. Sponsored by the Government of Costa Rica and the International Center for Research on Women.
  • March 15, 2017 (8PM-12AM):  image CWGL's Dance Party Celebrating International Women's Day , Katra, 217 Bowery Street (downstairs), New York, NY.
  • March 16, 2017 (9AM - 10:45AM): Radhika Balakrishnan will be speaking at Rising Extremism, Macro-Economic Policies, and the Relevance of Gendered Analysis, Uganda House, 336 East 45th Street, NYC. Sponsored by UNDP, IPU, Permanent Mission of Denmark and ICAN. 
  • March 16, 2017 (12:30PM): Recognizing the Link between the Current Economic Landscape and Gender-Based Violence in Women’s World of Work, UN Church Center, Boss Room, 8th floor, 777 UN Plaza, New York, NY. Sponsored by CWGL.
  • March 16, 2017 (12:30PM - 2PM): Charlotte Bunch will be a keynote speaker for Transformative Politics and Women's Leadership, Hardin Room of the UN Church Center, 777 UN Plaza, New York, NY. Sponsored by the Ministry of Gender Equality, Republic of Korea.
  • March 16, 2017 (3:30PM): SPEAK OUT! at the Armenian Convention Center at 630 2nd Avenue, New York, NY. 
  • March 17, 2017: 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign strategy meeting. Closed session.
  • March 17, 2017 (8:30AM): Radhika Balakrishnan will be a panelist for Advancing Women’s Economic Rights through Human Rights, UN Church Center, 10th floor, 777 UN Plaza, New York, NY.  Sponsored by Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung (RLS–NYC), co-sponsored by Global Policy Forum (GPF), Public Services International (PSI) Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), and Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL). 
  • March 22, 2017 (6PM): Radhika Balakrishnan will be moderating a panel event, Moving Forward: Defending Civil Liberties & Human Rights with Margaret Huang (Executive Director of Amnesty USA), Anthony Romero (Executive Director of ACLU) and Vince Warren (Executive Director of Center for Constitutional Rights). Sponsored by CWGL & the Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs. Located in Rutgers Academic Building Room 2225, 15 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ.



UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
58th Session • March 10 - 21, 2014

Challenges and achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals for women and girls


CWGL Sponsored and Co-Sponsored Events 
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CWGL Staff Speaking Engagements

  • March 9, 2014 (1:15-2:30pm): Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director and Senior Scholar, spoke at Legacy of the 1990's UN Conferences, as part of document Consultation Day , The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 East 7th St., between 3rd & 4th Ave., New York, NY.
  • March 10, 2014 (1:15-2:30pm): Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director and Senior Scholar, moderated and presented at pdf Protect Women Human Rights Defenders: From Resolution to Solutions , Just Associates (JASS), International Civil Society Action Work (ICAN), AWID, Nobel Women's Initiative, International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, Amnesty International, UN Women, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, UN North Lawn Building, Room 7, 1st Ave., New York, NY.
  • March 10, 2014 (4:30-6pm): Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director, spoke at pdf Development, Economic Rights, and Gender-Based Violence: Priorities for Post-2015 , UN Church Center, 1st floor, 777 UN Plaza, New York, NY. View Photos.
  • March 12, 2014 (10am-1pm): Radhika Balakrishnan, Executive Director, spoke on Challenges and Achievements in the Implementation of the MDGs for Women and Girls, panel organized by UN Women, UN Headquarters, Conference Room 2, New York, NY.


Vienna +20 Organizers

The Center for Women’s Global Leadership wishes to thank the many individuals and organizations that contributed to the production and success of the symposium. CWGL recognizes and deeply appreciates your support and commitment to strengthening the global women’s rights movement.

Many thanks to the CWGL staff and interns for their dedication to the Center.


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UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
59th Session • March 9 - 20, 2015

Implementing the Beijing Platform for Action


  • Equality, Development and Peace: 2015 and Beyond
    In preparation for the 59th session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women in March 2015, CWGL drafted a statement to encourage UN Member States to fulfill their human rights obligations toward the full realization of women’s rights.

CWGL Sponsored and Co-Sponsored Events

Click here to print flyer with full list of CWGL activities at CSW59

Other Events

  • March 6, 2015 (9-5pm): Women Confronting ISIS: Local Strategies and States’ Responsibilities, Dave Fields Auditorium, CUNY School of Law, 2 Court Square, Long Island City, NY 11101. Sponsored by the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice, MADRE, the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI), the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and Nobel Women’s Initiative (NWI). Free and open to the public, lunch provided with RSVP, CLE credits available. For a full list of speakers and to register, visit
  • March 13, 2015:  pdf Gender Equality, Women's Empowerment and Globalization: from Goal to Governance , CWGL Faculty Director Radhika Balakrishnan will speak on gender-responsive macroeconomics and social protection policies in the wake of the global financial crisis, Columbia Club, West 43rd Street, New York, NY.  pdf Program
  • March 14, 2015:  image Women's Human Rights and Equality in the Post 2015 Development Agenda , UN Church Center, 2nd floor, 777 UN Plaza, New York, NY.


Vienna +20 Resources

Report on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms: 20 Years After Vienna
On October 3, 2013, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) hosted a daylong symposium to mark the 20th anniversary of the UN Vienna World Conference on Human Rights: Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms: 20 Years After Vienna. The symposium brought together human rights activists, academics, and experts to discuss the significance and achievements of the Vienna conference, present-day challenges facing human rights, and pathways forward.

Center for Economic and Social Rights
Vienna at 20: Renewing strategies for economic and social justice (Geneva, May 29-30, 2013)

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
The 20th Anniversary of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

The Vienna +20 CSO Declaration (2013)
Declaration developed at the Vienna +20 Action Week that took place in June 2013. Written by multiple influential parties of the international human rights world, it was adopted as the most recent declaration promoting adequate human rights.

VIENNA +20 - The World Has Changed Considerably, As Women's Rights Are Taken More Seriously As Human Rights by Tolmay, S. (2013)
Interview with Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director and Senior Scholar of the Center for Women's Global Leadership, illustrating why Vienna +20 is necessary for progress on international human rights.

pdf Legacy of Vienna: Feminism and Human Rights  by Bunch, C. (2013)
Women’s Human Rights: 20 Years After Vienna
by Bunch, C. (2013)
These articles provide a brief history of the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights. Also, includes an analysis of why the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action made significant contributions to putting women’s rights on the human right’s agenda.

Les voix des femmes et «les droits de l´homme» (French) edited by Bunch, C., Hinojosa, C. & Reilly, N. (2000)
Selection of work includes an article on the politics of language and chapters on the concept and history of the Global Campaign for Women’s Human Rights.

Los derechos de las mujeres son derechos humanos: Crónica de una movilización mundial (Spanish) edited by Bunch, C., Hinojosa, C. & Reilly, N. (2000)
Publication includes a selection of testimonies and judges’ statements from the Global Campaign for Women’s Human Rights hearings.

Demanding Accountability: The Global Campaign and Vienna Tribunal for Women's Human Rights by Bunch, C. & Reilly, N. (1994)
This book presents a comprehensive history and analysis of the systematic organizing efforts of women prior to, during, and after the UN World Conference on Human Rights.

Testimonies of the Global Tribunal on Violations of Women's Human Rights compiled by Reilly, N. (1994)
Includes full transcripts of thirty-three testimonies by women from twenty-five countries at the “Global Tribunal on Violations of Women’s Human Rights” at the UN World Conference on Human Rights.

The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action (VDPA booklet - PDF) (1993)