“Women’s Rights are Human Rights”

  Hillary Rodham Clinton speaking in Beijing, China in 1995

I would like to thank the Secretary General of the United Nations for inviting me to be part of the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women. This is truly a celebration – a celebration of the contributions women make in every aspect of life: in the home, on the job, in their communities, as mothers, wives, sisters, daughters, learners, workers, citizens and leaders…

Those lucky enough to be part of the Road Scholar – Adventures in Life Long Learning program just received a special invitation to attend  a panel discussion –  part of  the Women2Women
International Conference in Boston scheduled for Suffolk University Law School on Friday, August 6, 2010.

The Women2Women International Conference is a week-long event that “connects emerging young women leaders (ages 15-19) with their peers from communities throughout the world for an intensive weeklong leadership training program.” The Women’s Rights are Human Rights panel discussion is an important part of this conference.  Panelists will consider how the nature of women’s leadership has changed since Hillary Clinton’s groundbreaking speech – “Women’s Rights are Human Rights” – in Beijing in 1995.

Panel members and speakers include:

  • Madeleine Kunin –  Vermont’s first woman governor, former Ambassador to Switzerland and Deputy Secretary of Education in the Clinton Administration.
  • Jan Piercy – Executive Vice President at Shorebank and delegate to the Beijing Conference in 1995 while serving as U.S. Executive Director of the World Bank.
  • Priti Rao – Executive Director of the Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus.
  • Paula Newburg – Marshall B. Coyne Director of the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University.
  • Ayanna Pressley –  Boston City Councilor (At Large)
  • Janet Bogue – retired, 23-year career diplomat

Did you get an invitation?