International Women's Day 2010

Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress For All with Prof Yakin Ertürk

Posted in 2010 03 07, London by womeninlondon on 20 February 2010

You are cordially invited to attend to International Women’s Day Conference on
“Equal Rights, Equal Opportunities: Progress For All”
Guest speaker: Prof Yakin Ertürk

Sunday, 7 March 2010, 3 pm for 3.45pm*
* Refreshments will be available from 3 pm, Conference will begin at 4.00 pm)

Princess Alexandra Hall, Royal Over-Seas League, Over-Seas House, Park Place, St James’s Street, London SW1A 1LR

All friends, ladies and gentlemen are iinvited

Entry fee: £5
Pre-registration required.

Please register by 5th March 2010 at btkd.info@yahoo.co.uk or telephone 07788 908 803 – 07956 810 882

Organised by The Association Of Turkish Women In Britain

International Women’s Day 2010 “Equal rights, equal opportunities: Progress for all” with Prof. Yakın Ertürk

Twenty-five years after International Women’s Day (IWD) was first observed by the United Nations in 1975, is a day dedicated exclusively to the celebration of the world’s women still relevant? A well-established international gender equality and women’s rights regime is now in place and while thanks is due to the tireless efforts of women’s movements worldwide, the reality of women on the ground, with respect to the goals of equality, development and peace, varies significantly and in no country do women enjoy their universal rights in full. Therefore, IWD continues to be an important day for inspiring and connecting women worldwide in their struggle against patriarchal subordination, for celebrating achievements and for assessing the emerging challenges embedded in the current dynamics of the global political economy. The presentation will address the gains and obstacles in the quest for universalising women’s rights and equality from a global perspective with a reflection on specific regions, including Turkey.

Biography of Prof. Yakın Ertürk

Yakın Ertürk is a faculty member at the Department of Sociology, Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey, since 1986. In addition to her academic career she has worked for various national and international agencies on rural development and women in development projects (1986-2003). She also served as Director of the International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW) in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (Oct. 1997- Feb. 1999), Director of The Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) at UN Headquarters in New York (March 1999 – Oct. 2001) and as UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women (2003-2006). In November 2009 she was elected to the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT).

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