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Back | Programme Area: Gender and Development (2000 - 2009), Special Events (2000 - 2009) | Event: Ford Foundation Launch - UNRISD Report on Gender Equality: Striving for Justice in an Unequal World

Ford Foundation Launch - UNRISD Report on Gender Equality: Striving for Justice in an Unequal World

  • Date: 7 Mar 2005
  • Location: Auditorium, Ford Foundation Building, 320 E. 43rd St., New York, USA
  • Speakers: Amina Mama, Diane Elson, Anne Marie Goetz, Pregs Govender, Amrita Basu, Deniz Kandiyoti, Ching Kwan Lee, Frances Lund, Thandika Mkandawire , Shahra Razavi, Stephanie Seguino, Onalenna Doo Selolwane, Rosalba Todaro
  • Project Title: Policy Report on Gender and Development: 10 Years after Beijing

Keynote address by Peggy Antrobus

From Peggy Antrobus's speech...

"I want to start by congratulating UNRISD on their report and for bringing together this very impressive group of scholars for this conference. When I heard your presentation I realized what makes UNRISD special in the UN context: It’s autonomy and it willingness to do critical research but also to draw on the experience of people from the south and maybe that explains why some of things that come out in the UNRISD report are not things that you normally expect to find in UN reports. So I want to thank you very much indeed for this occasion and for making this contribution for what is a very special week for many of us.

Last Friday, 4 March, the UN celebrated not just 10 years since Beijing but it is really 30 years of United Nations efforts to promote gender equality. Those who attended the session on Friday I gathered that you had the opportunity of seeing the women who had headed the four World Conferences: Mexico City in 1975, Copenhagen in 1980, Nairobi in 1985 and of course Beijing in 1995. The Division for the Advancement of Women (DAW) and the countless other women who worked throughout the system on this agenda throughout the years (and these are not just women from the UN but as you mentioned, many women, femocrats within so many important spaces in the
foundations and in many other institutions) all of them representing what I consider a women’s movement whether you work within the bureaucracy, within the foundations or on the streets outside, I identify with all of you as part of this movement and with our male supporters as well (I hope Dr. Mkandawire realizes he is considered part of our movement.). Our male allies are so few that they are very dear to us."

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