Many residents will recall the presentation by Charlotte Bunch: “A Feminist Human Rights Journey: Advances and Challenges After 25 Years of Advocacy“which was part of Women’s History Month here at Collington. As the announcement of the presentation said:
Charlotte is best known for her activism internationally and at the UN, where she spearheaded the drive for a coordinated office to work globally for women’s equity.
Charlotte Bunch moved from being a youthful member of the student and civil rights movements to being president of the ecumenical University Christian Movement, affiliated with the World Student Christian Federation; so while she was studying history and political science at Duke, she was already becoming an organizer around the world.
She was the first woman tenured Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington.
With the dynamic emergence of the Second Wave of Feminism, Charlotte came out; she became part of a famous collective in DC, whose home has recently been named a Historic Landmark.
The radical energy of the 60’s had visionary components worldwide, and Charlotte connected to South American feminists, where being a feminist meant you were a human rights activist , fell in love with the founder of the first Women’s Center in Lima, Peru, Roxanna Carrillo—who has had a distinguished career at the UN–and became active in the global conferences generated by the UN Decade of the Woman. Her energy and leadership has provided a vital focus for women’s movements around the globe.
In 1989, Charlotte Bunch founded the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University. CWGL lobbied the United Nations and the international community to view women’s rights as a human rights issue: The entity UN Women was established in 2010.
Here is a complete video of that presentation. Thanks to Tucker Farley, among others, for putting the program together, and to Grant Bagley for the editing.
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