UNRISD Seminar: Claiming their rights: How women's movements mobilize for policy change

19 Oct, 2015

The United Nations Research Institute for Social Development (UNRISD) is pleased to invite you to the next Seminar Claiming their rights: How women's movements mobilize for policy change, which will take place on Wednesday 21 October 2015 at 12.30/14.00, Room XXII at the Palais des Nations.

Please, find the seminar poster attached. The event is public, but registration at www.unrisd.org/events is requested.

Women across the global South are increasingly claiming their rights. Indian women have successfully mobilized across the country demanding amendments to the laws on sexual assault since mid-1970s; while Indonesian women benefitted from the new democratic context after the fall of Suharto to build a large alliance of civil society organizations leading to the approval of the Domestic Violence Law, 2004. On another front, both Indonesian and Indian domestic workers are organizing in ever greater numbers to demand the recognition of their work and for it to be included in national labour laws. In India and in China, women have demanded and gained access to land and property since the 1950s. 

So, how do these changes happen? 

What are the conditions and the factors which allow women’s movements to successfully trigger policy change? How do women participate in the negotiation processes behind policy change? What are the mechanisms and the strategies used by women advocates to ensure that issues get on policy agendas? And why are certain issues left out of the policy agenda of movements and states, while others become priorities? 

The external project coordinator Nitya Rao will explore these questions presenting the research findings from the UNRISD research project When and Why do States Respond to Women's Claims? Understanding Gender-Egalitarian Policy Change in Asia. 


Welcome Remarks: 
Valeria Esquivel, UNRISD Gender and Development Research Coordinator

Keynote Speaker: 
Nitya Rao, UNRISD external project coordinator and Professor at the University of East Anglia

Ismat Jahan, CEDAW Committee Member and Bangladesh Ambassador to Belgium, EU, and 

Claire Hobden, ILO Technical Advisor on work conditions and domestic work