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Dear Friend,

The sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is coming to an end, and we have been busy over the last two weeks bringing our legal analysis to the conversations about equality and empowerment. 

While this year's CSW has provided a platform for many crucial and progressive discussions, we are troubled by reports that the United States is working to remove the term "gender" from CSW's outcome document. If realized, this would represent a major step backwards for gender justice.

We cannot accept rollbacks on gender equality. The international community must stand together and fight to uphold the rights of women, girls, and members of the LGBTQ community.

Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: Effective Responses for Women and Girls
Akila Radhakrishnan addressed gender inequality and violence against women at the Commission on the Status of Women side event hosted by the Permanent Missions of Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Kenya, Liechtenstein and of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.  Read More.
CSW side event: Working Towards Greater Implementation of 1325 
GJC Deputy Legal Director Grant Shubin joined grassroots activists from Cameroon, Niger, and Libya to discuss the role of civil society in ensuring women's full and equal participation in peace-building and conflict resolution.  Read More.
US Abortion Restrictions Violate Women’s Human Rights
Every year, 25 million women across the world are forced to obtain unsafe abortions. The US is deeply complicit in the violation of these women’s right to life and equality under international law. Read Akila Radhakrishnan and CHANGE President Serra Sippel's joint op-ed in PassBlue. Read More. 
The Duty Not to Veto in the Face of Atrocity Crimes
The Global Justice Center, New York University Center for Global Affairs, and Foley Hoag LLP brought activists and legal thinkers together to discuss legal limits on the Security Council veto in the face of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.  Read More.
Global Justice Awards

We are delighted to invite you to the inaugural Global Justice Awards on May 14, 2019 in Manhattan. This year's Janet Benshoof Global Justice Award will honor Patricia Viseur Sellers, Special Advisor for Gender for the Office of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and visiting fellow at Oxford.  Learn More.

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