Unfinished Business: CEDAW and International Women’s Rights

March 8, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011, 9:00am – 10:30am
Where: Online Webinar
Free and open to the public. Space is limited to first 100 people to register.

CEDAW advocates and supporters succeeded in securing a hearing in Congress November 2010 for the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) for the first time in decades. Although the UN General Assembly adopted CEDAW in 1979 and President Carter signed it, CEDAW has not made it out of Congressional Committee. This panel discussion on International Women’s Day will analyze the historical significance of CEDAW and debate the impacts of ratifying the convention.

Presenters include:
Jennifer Krafchik, Director of Collections, Sewall-Belmont House & Museum
Sarah Albert, Washington Director, The National Committee on the United Nation Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
Erica Swanson, Deputy Director for Field Operations, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

There will be time at the end of the presentation for audience questions.

About the Speakers

Jennifer KrafchikJennifer Krafchik
Jennifer Krafchik serves as the Assistant Director and Director of Collections for the Sewall-Belmont House & Museum on Capitol Hill, home of the historic National Woman’s Party. She manages one of the premier women’s history collections in the United States and is responsible for providing the proper interpretation and exhibition of all artifacts. She was also the co-director of the National Woman’s Party Digital Imaging Project. Jennifer currently serves on the planning committee for the Turning Point Suffragist Memorial at Occoquan Workhouse in Lorton, Virginia and on the Collections Committee for Montpelier Mansion in Laurel, Maryland. She has written several articles for the Museum including Black Women in America: Contributors to Our Heritage. Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s degree in history from Marymount University, and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the Catholic University of America.

Sarah C. AlbertSarah C. Albert
Sarah C. Albert is a human rights activist and Washington Director for the National Committee on UN CEDAW. Founded in 1980, the National Committee on UN CEDAW is a national, grassroots organization solely dedicated to achieving United States ratification of CEDAW. Ms. Albert served as co-chair for the Working Group for the Ratification of CEDAW from 2000-2009 and has written numerous articles about CEDAW. Additionally, Ms. Albert served as the Public Policy and Advocacy Director for the YWCA USA where she provided leadership and management of the organization’s public policy work including legislative initiatives, research and policy analysis, and grassroots advocacy efforts. Ms. Albert is also a former Director of Public Outreach for the Global Health Council. There, Ms. Albert developed and lead advocacy efforts in support of global health advocacy priorities. She is also a past-chair of the United Nations Association of the USA Council of Organizations. A Maryland native, Ms. Albert holds a Masters degree in Public Administration and a BA in law and political science from American University.

Erica SwansonErica Swanson
Erica is Deputy Director of Field Operations for The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition charged by its diverse membership of more than 200 national organizations to promote and protect the rights of all persons in the United States. Since joining The Leadership Conference in 2004, Erica has developed grassroots campaigns on a range of issues including CEDAW ratification, Supreme Court nominations, Voting Rights Act renewal, high school equity, the digital television transition, and employment discrimination. Erica has previously worked on Capitol Hill; as coordinator of a bipartisan, national network of women state legislators; as director of a county-level political party; and as an organizer for an issue-based caucus campaign. She holds an M.A. in Public Policy and Women’s Studies from the George Washington University, and serves on the Board of Directors of Miriam’s Kitchen, an award-winning non-profit agency that provides high quality meals and services to homeless men and women in Washington, D.C. But her proudest work is that of a new mother, as she takes on the (joyous!) responsibility of raising a socially conscious and feminist son.