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MADRE: An International Women's Human Rights Organization
MARCH 9, 2005
2:31 PM
CONTACT: MADRE: An International Women's Human Rights Organization 
Irene Schneeweis, Media Coordinator, MADRE
212-627-0444; email:
Media Advisory: "US Policy: Women’s Security and Human Rights"

WASHINGTON -- March 9 -- The following panel discussion has been organized as part of the Beijing+10 Review Process at the 49th Commission on the Status of Women during which government delegates and hundreds of non-governmental organizations have gathered to evaluate governments’ progress in fulfilling their commitments to the Beijing Platform for Action, the most comprehensive set of commitments ever made to advance women’s human rights. The panel is co-sponsored by The International Indigenous Women's Forum/Foro Internacional de Mujeres Indígenas (IIWF/FIMI), MADRE, and the Women of Color Resource Center.

All media are invited to attend.

WHAT: "US Policy: Women’s Security and Human Rights"

US President George Bush posits “democratization” as the central rationale for US policy in the Middle East. The President has invoked recent elections in Iraq and Palestine as proof of a “global march towards freedom,” with scant discussion of the military occupations that the people of Iraq and Palestine endure. Yet, the US occupation of Iraq and the US-supported occupation of Palestinian territories constitute fundamental obstacles to democracy and the exercise of human rights in the Middle East. A discussion of the human rights and humanitarian crises confronting women and families in both Iraq and Palestine demonstrates the need to prioritize human security and women’s human rights in US-Middle East policy.

WHEN: 3 – 4:30pm, Thursday, March 10, 2005

WHERE: United Nations Church Center (44th Street between 1st and 2nd

Avenues), 12th Floor, DHL Room

WHO: Panelists

Yifat Susskind, MADRE, An International Women’s Human Rights Organization

Maha Abu-Dayyeh Shamas, Women’s Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling (Palestine)

Margo Okazawa-Rey, Women’s Leadership Institute, Mills College


Mirna Cunningham, Indigenous Initiative for Peace/Iniciativa Indígena por la Paz


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