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the latest in a series on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Wa Federation of Democratic Women

the latest in a series on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Wa Federation of Democratic Women

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  • 1. Washington State Federation of Democratic Women
    Ellensburg, June 18, 2009
    Rep. Maralyn Chase
  • 2. Goal: Intergenerational Justice
    The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    The Golden Rule between Generations
    Across epochs, cultures and regional and partisan divides, the obligation to do right by our children carries moral and political weight.
  • 3. Globalization & the Knowledge Based Economy
    World Marketplace
    World Labor Market
    Knowledge is intangible and mobile
    Intellectual Property Rights
    WTO as world constitution
  • 4. Structural Changes in our Culture & Community
    Communications & Internet
    The Air We breath
    The Water we Drink
  • 5. The last few years of our journey as The Federation
    In 2005 we met in Shoreline:
    Democracy or Fascism?
    The Role of the Media and the Post Office
    Transparent Government
    A press that is free to investigate and criticize the government is absolutely essential in a nation that practices self-government and is therefore dependent on an educated and enlightened citizenry.
  • 6. Getting News to the Citizens
    Democracy requires enlightenment
    Enlightenment requires education
    Which is why we defend public education…
    Journalists require transparent government
    Freedom of information – Public’s right to know
    Remember the white papers produced during Vietnam
    Journalism delivered to our living rooms every night
    Post office – Pony Express – Radio & TV
  • 7. The Internet & Broadband
    It is not just to have broadband – it is what having broadband can do for the people.
    It is the new post office, the new television, the new pony express.
    It opens windows to the world.
    Think about the Twitters coming out of IRAQ.
    We devoted a day to the discussion of democracy, fascism and the media.
    THE NEW AMERICAN CENTURY 1997 – 2006 – the Neo-Conservatives
    Cheney – Wolfowitz – Libby – Khalilzad
    Advocated pre-emptive attacks with nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, it proclaimed that the U.S. must show the leadership necessary to establish and protect a new order…
  • 9. Rebuilding America’s Defenses (RAD) – The new PNAC
    The use of genocidal biological warfare for political expediency
    Stressed updating of conventional offensive weapons including cruise missiles with stealthy strike aircraft
    Extended its offensive posture by envisioning and supporting the use of genotype-specific biological warfare “…advanced forms of biological warfare that can “target “ specific genotypes may transform biological warfare from the realm of terror to a politically useful tool.”
  • 10. Freedom of the Press
    We must have freedom of the press, freedom to have access to government actions and the means to disseminate that information to the citizens.
    Exposure of the plan to control space and cyberspace
  • 11. Citizen Responsibility
    Citizens must take the information and deliberate about the proper course of action for our government and public policy.
    The responsibility of citizenship includes the informed discussion of issues and interaction with elected representatives.
    A nation of sheep begats a government of wolves.
  • 12. 2007 in Bellingham
    Platform for 2007
    Contained further documentation
    Moved us forward
  • 13. 2008 – In Spokane
    Universal Declaration of Human Rights
    Gender Mainstreaming
    The process of assessing the implications for women and men of any planned action, legislation, public policy at any level of government. Requires action to identify areas where gender constitutes a risk factor for a violation of and abuse of human rights.
  • 14. 1910 to 2010
    One Hundred Years of Women Voting in the State of Washington
    98 years of women serving in the State Legislature
    Nellie Axelrod of Bellingham was one of the first two women to join the legislature
  • 15. Global Gender Agenda
    In 1945, 64 years ago, the United Nations was formed as a treaty among nations.
    It was the first global treaty in the history of civilization to call for equality between women and men.
  • 16. United Nations Moving Forward
    1945 to 1962 UN focused on data collection regarding the unequal treatment of women in all parts of the world (and many thought it all started with Betty Friedan).
    1963 to 1975 focused on recognizing the substantial role of women in economic and social development and supporting women in their roles as agents and beneficiaries of change.
  • 17. 1970
    In 1970, Washington voters approved Referendum 20, which legalized abortion in the early months of pregnancy.
    In 1991 Initiative 120 (Reproductive Privacy Act) was passed by a vote of the people. The purpose of I-120 was to place the standards of the Supreme Court decision, Roe v Wade, into state law so that if Roe v Wade was overturned, women in Washington would continue to have the same rights and protections. RCW 9.02.100
  • 18. 1972
    Washington State passes Equal Rights amendment to the State Constitution which prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in all areas of public life.
    Passed November, 1972
  • 19. 1973
    Roe v Wade – gave women the first right to control their own bodies in national law
    There is a constitutional right to privacy, guaranteed by the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment, which disallowed most existing state and federal restrictions on abortion in the United States.
  • 20. Mexico City – 1975
    The First World Conference on Women…ever
    It electrified women across the globe and especially in the United States.
    Women demanded a women’s conference in our own country!
  • 21. 1976 – 1985The Decade for Women
    1977 the first Ellensburg Conference
    1977 Houston Women’s Conference in support of the Equal Rights Amendment
    1979- 32 years after the declaration of equality between men and women, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
    CEDAW: Entered into force in 1981. The United States is the only major power that has yet to sign on.
  • 22. 1977 in Ellensburg..a near riot
    Fueled by the popularity of United Nations’ 1975 International Women’s Year conference, the U.S. Government funded a national conference in Houston and statewide meetings for women in 1977. Each state elected national delegates and voted on resolutions that were to be debated at the National Conference held in Houston, Texas, resulting in a National Plan of Action.
  • 23. Ellensburg, 1977
    Conference attendees discussed a wide variety of women’s issues, including education, equal rights, their role in the workforce and childcare.
    The Washington State Women’s Conference was hosted by the Central Washington State College Women’s Center.
  • 24. Women’s Conferences
    The UN Human Rights Conference declared that women’s rights are human rights in Vienna in 1993
    Copenhagen – 1980
    Beijing 1995
    All have strengthened the international women’s community…but
  • 25. But…
    Since 1985 the global focus has been on securing equality, development and peace for women, forgoing consensus on actions to be taken in advancement of women as part of comprehensive international goals.
  • 26. Measuring Progress
    What are the standards – the metrics - by which we measure progress?
    Comparison of US health care with the rest of the developed world?
    Human Rights Standards?
    Gender analysis…remember the gender gap? It is still there.
  • 27. Critical Areas of Concern
    Education & Training
    Violence against women
    Women and Armed Conflict
    Women and the Economy
    Women in Power and Decision Making
    Institutional Mechanisms for the Advancement of women
  • 28. Critical Areas of Concern
    Human Rights of Women
    Women and the Media
    Women and Environment
    The Girl Child
  • 29. Millennium Development Goals
    At the Millennium Summit in September 2000 the states of the United Nations reaffirmed their commitment to working toward a world in which sustaining development and eliminating poverty would have the highest priority.
    The Millennium Development Goals grew out of the agreements and resolutions of world conferences organized by the UN and have been commonly accepted as a framework for measuring development progress.
  • 30. A Washington Plan for Action
    Using the United Nations Critical Areas of Concern as a framework, it is almost impossible to find updated information on the gender gap in the critical areas of concern.
    Government stopped gathering statistics on the gender gap …on the different impacts of policies on men and women.
  • 31. Human Rights & Golden Rule
    Human rights standards for contemporary society and the golden rule for intergenerational justice.
    What we do today and the standards by which we evaluate those areas of concern to us, are part of our most fundamental responsibility to make sure that we do not deny the future the resources to meet their needs.
  • 32. Call to action
    We need accurate data on how women and girls are doing.
    If only 19 of every 100 high school freshmen go to college, what are the other 80 doing?
    How are they living their lives in the critical areas of concern?
  • 33. Status of Women
    How can it be that a national health plan would be proposed that would not include the reproductive health care needs of women?
    How can it be that we have a national epidemic of aids and we are silent about the fact that the fastest grown victims of aids are women?
  • 34. Status of Women
    How can it be that we have a 66% increase in domestic violence and we are silent?
    Our basic human rights as women are being violated. Let us reclaim those rights.
    If we don’t have inherent rights, how can we possibly defend the inherent rights of our children --
  • 35. Women’s Rights are Human Rights
    Every society in the world has some version of the Golden Rule
    More than gender mainstreaming analysis
    Based upon universal principles
    That will get us to intergenerational justice.