CISD: Women and the UN Origins - A Southern Critique Sat, 2017-11-25 00:47

Current thinking would lead you to believe that Western delegates were responsible for getting women’s right into the UN in 1945– but they weren’t. On the contrary, it was the vocal feminist claims of particularly non-Western women delegates that were instrumental in establishing this first international agreement to declare women’s rights as a part of fundamental human rights. Nevertheless, the pivotal contributions of the global South in the founding of the UN has generally been ignored and neglected. The event “Women and the UN Origins – a Southern Critique”, will introduce five scholars who with their diverse background will present and discuss the women who shaped the UN, from the League of Nations, in the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and who continue to do so today. The research on women and the UN shed new light on topics that today remain highly political, such as the origins of human rights, feminism and international organisations.These researchers all represent the UN Gender Network of academics, UN staff, civil society and member states, that work to understand the cause and the implications of gender inequality in the UN today.

Prof Rosa Freedman joined the University of Reading as the inaugural Chair of Law, Conflict and Global Development and the Director of the Global Development Division. Freedman researches on the United Nations, human rights bodies, creation and implementation of international human rights law accountability for human rights abuses committed by UN actors, and the intersection between international law and international relations.

Fatima Sator Research Associate, CISD, SOAS. Born in Algeria, Fatima Sator has been focusing on Women’s role in the Arab world prior to her research on Women and the UN Charter. She is currently working as a communication officer at UN Women in Geneva. Fatima Sator has a Master’s in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS and a Master’s in Journalism from the University of Neuchâtel in Switzerland.

Dr Rebecca Adami Senior Lecturer Stockholm University, Department of Education. Adami post doc project titled “Women of the Declaration: Exploring Counternarratives on Human Rights from 1946-48” centers on the UN female delegates who where part of drafting the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948. Her research interest is on the broad study of human rights in the field of philosophy of education

Elise Luhr Dietrichson, Research Associate, CISD, SOAS. Elise holds a master in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS. She is currently working on a documentary with HBO Brazil together with Fatima Sator on the story of the Brazilian delegate Bertha Lutz who fought for women’s rights in the UN Charter in 1945.

Prof Aoife O’Donoghue has been at Durham University since 2007. Aoife’s research focuses on public international law with a particular interest in global governance and legal theory. Aoife queries the structures developed to enable international law to regulate political governance. Aoife’s work examines constitutionalism, tyranny, feminism, legal theory and international legal history.