Sisters Across Borders: Advancing US Women’s Rights through Global Feminisms

Workshop Information
Event Date: 
Fri, 06/25/2010 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Event Location: 
Cobo Hall: O2-42
Full Description: 

The US Women and Cuba Collaboration is a national network of more than 30 organizations and hundreds of individuals committed to building a diverse US women's movement to end the nearly 50 year old US government blockade against Cuba and to normalize relations between our two countries. By developing the leadership of women from diverse racial, economic, age and sexuality backgrounds, we are working with others to re-build a women's movement that reflects the true complexion of US society. The Collaboration organizes three (3) Campaigns (Right to Travel, Realities of Cuban Women’s Lives and Free the Five Cuban Heroes) and also involves members of our national network to increase global feminism actions to advance women's human rights, peace and social justice.

The goals of our workshop are to educate and organize about the use of United Nations international human rights treaties to advance women's rights, racial and economic justice in the US and to build solidarity among women worldwide. Specifically we will focus on CEDAW/Women’s Treaty; UN Security Resolution 1325 which promotes a gender analysis in peacekeeping and post-conflict situations; UN Beijing Platform for Women and the UN CERD/Racial Justice treaty as organizing resources.

We also will share and develop the organizing of specific women's solidarity projects on US campuses, in local communities and with Cuba and Venezuela as ways to increase U.S. women's political participation plus contributions to transform U.S. foreign policy to one of peaceful and just relations.
Panelists include representatives from Women's International League for Peace and Freedom; Kensington Welfare Rights Union; US Women and Cuba Collaboration; NAPAWF; National Organization for Women; Institute in Solidarity with the Peoples, Habana, Cuba; Sisters Across Borders, Montana State University; Venezuelan Embassy

Organizer Name: 
Janis (Jan) L Strout
Organizer Email:
First Sponsoring Organization Name: 
U.S. Women & Cuba Collaboration
Spanish with translation
To the Left: building a movement for social justice: intersections and alliances across race, class, gender, sexuality, age, ability…
International Solidarity and Responsibility: building a unified response to global crises
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