The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a workshop during the 56th meeting of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) that will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from Monday, February 27 to Friday, March 9, 2012. The workshop is a side event organized to address the main theme of the meeting "The Empowerment of Rural Women and their Role in Poverty and Hunger Eradication."
The speakers are:
Rosalee Keech, U.N. Observer, League of Women Voters of the United States
Recently appointed, Rosalee has been a volunteer with the League for more than 10 years. Her work at the UN includes Chair of the NGO Working Group on Girl’s Committee to Prevent Violence Against Girls, member of the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons and is currently working on projects with UN Women and the Special Representative to the Secretary General on Violence Against Children. She also serves as a Governor Appointee to the New Jersery Board of Professional Planners and the Rockleigh Jewish Home for the Aged and Rockleigh Home on Home Boards. During her career she was an Information Officer for a global financial company and holds a MBA-Finance from NYU and BA-Economics and Education from Rutgers University. Rosalee is married with 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren.
Begoña Lasagabaster, Political Advisor, Leadership and Political Participation Section, UN WOMEN
Since 2008, Begoña Lasagabaster has worked as a specialist and advisor on women’s leadership and political participation at the United Nations, first with UNIFEM and currently with UN Women. Prior to that she served as Representative for Guipúzcoa in the Congress of Deputies of Spain, where she held the position of spokesperson for the Commissions of the Interior, Justice, External Affairs, Constitutional Affairs, Budgets and Regulations, Public Administration, Mixed Commission (Congress-Senate) for the European Union, and Development Cooperation and Aid. A lawyer by training, Ms. Lasagabaster specialized in community law, civil law and private international law as a graduate of the University of Salamanca and the College of Europe.
Diana Pérez Barón, Fellow, Global Competitiveness Leadership Program of Georgetown University
Diana is a native of Colombia where she worked for several years as Legislative Staff member in the Colombian Congress. Her responsibilities included drafting legislation for different members of congress from different political parties.
In 2010-11 she was selected to be one of 24 Legislative Fellows from Colombia and Brazil, in a program organized by the League of Women Voters and funded by the Bureau of Education and Citizen Exchanges of the U.S. Department of State. During her three week internship in the U.S., Diana had the opportunity to work with the Board of Elections of the District of Columbia.
Currently she is one of 35 young leaders from Ibero-America selected through a competitive process to the Global Competitiveness Leadership Program at Georgetown University. Her project is to create a series of networks to help women obtain the information in their quest for political office in her native country.
Zaida Arguedas, Deputy Executive Director, League of Women Voters of the United States
Since 2000 under Ms. Arguedas’ leadership, the League’s global programs have expanded around the world in five areas of competency: advocacy, grassroots democracy, good governance, elections and women’s leadership.
Ms. Arguedas has managed programs for Muslim women in Kenya; for civic leaders from Russia, Ukraine; Azerbaijan and Tajikistan, for women in political leadership in Brazil, and for Legislative Fellows from Brazil and Colombia. Ms. Arguedas has led workshops in Lusaka, Zambia; Kiyv, Ukraine, Yerevan, Armenia, and in the Syunik Area of Armenia. Currently, Ms. Arguedas is organizing “People to People” trips to Cuba and is working with women in the Middle East and North Africa.
Ms. Arguedas, a native of Costa Rica, graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from the University of Alabama with a B.A. in International Relations and M.A. in Public Policy and Latin American studies from the University of Kansas.