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Engaging with the Obama Administration to Advance the Human Rights of Women

Selene Kaye,
Director, Liberty Division,
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March 3, 2009

President Obama hit the ground running on women’s rights when, in his second week in office, he made the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act the first major bill he signed into law.

This week, human rights advocates will gather at the United Nations to discuss plans to work with the Obama administration to make further strides on an array of other women’s right issues.

On Thursday March 5 at 6:00 p.m. at the U.N. Church Center in New York, advocates from the ACLU, the Rebecca Project for Human Rights, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, Amnesty International, the Urban Justice Center, the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative, and the University of Pennsylvania Law School will participate in a roundtable discussion to share their visions and plans for engaging with the Obama administration and Congress to address, among other things, human trafficking, violence against women, issues facing women in the criminal justice system, women workers’ rights issues, reproductive rights, and police brutality against women of color.

U.N. Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Professor Yakin Ertürk, will deliver opening remarks.

This event is free and open to the public. It is being held in conjunction with the 53rd session of the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women, one of the first international forums the U.S. will participate in under the Obama administration.

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