A one-day conference titled "Women and the Rule of Law: A View from the Americas" was held on February 27, 2013, in Washington, DC, sponsored by the League of Women Voters, the Inter-American Dialogue, and the International Association of Women Judges. 

As part of a two-day program with women judges from Latin America and the Caribbean - Chile, Colombia, El Salvador, Guatemala, Guyana, Mexico, Peru, and the United States - on the afternoon of February 26 the participants and the organizers met with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. In her comments to the group Justice Ginsburg strongly stressed her conviction that diversity on the bench - in this particular case gender diversity - is a must. In fact, Justice Ginsburg indicated that it was President Carter who had the vision to realize that the U.S.

On Wednesday, February 27th, in Washington, DC, nine women judges from Guyana, Colombia, Peru, Chile, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States will discuss three issues:  (1) how are women's rights being addressed by the courts in the Americas; (2) the importance of strengthening diversity in the judicial systems; and (3) the role of international law in promoting women's rights.

The panelists are:

The fifty-seventh session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 4 to 15 March 2013.

The League of Women Voters and its Tunisian partners—Association des Responsables de Formation et de Gestion Humaine dans les Entreprises (ARFORGHE) and the Tunisian American Chamber of Commerce—welcome civil society representatives from the broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA) to Washington, DC, to draft a declaration on issues that are currently impacting civil society, particularly in the areas of women’s empowerment, freedom of expression, and economic governance and entreprenurship. 

Mary Fox, League of Women Voters of the United States Alternate UN Observer chaired the International Day of Older Persons programme on behalf of the NGO Committee on Ageing on October 10 at The City University of New York (CUNY).  The event included introductory remarks from representatives from the City of New York, International Council on Social Welfare, Secretary General of the UN, President of the UN General Assembly and past chair of the NGO Committee.  The keynote address was provided by the First Lady and Secretary for Social Inclusion of El Salvador, Dr.

The days of fighting an issue of a global proportions from a silo perspective can’t be effective with limited resources.  We need to find ways to work together, work smarter with ways that are proven.  Trafficking is a $32 billion industry and even if we rescue all the girls today—tomorrow a new crop will be in place.  Therefore the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations, the Working Group on Girls, PPSEAWA and the League of Women Voters of the United States co-sponsored a panel discussion on "Best Practices:  Preventing Child Exploitation at Major Events."  Speakers provided ins


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September 24, 2012



The Second Preparatory Meeting of the 9th Forum for the Future will take place in Amman, Jordan, October 1-2, 2012.  This second meeting which focuses on Economic Governance presents an opportunity to bring together governments and private sector/civil society representatives to discuss critical economic governance and growth issues and identify concrete steps to improve the business and investment climate, create jobs, and encourage entrepreneurs.  Among the themes that have been identified as possible agenda topics are:  entrepreneurship (with a sub-focus on women), transparency, includin

After weeks of diplomatic conversations and hours of hard work to make it all come together, the First Preparatory Meeting of the 9th Forum for the Future will take place in El Jadida, Morocco, September 3-4, 2012.