NYU-SCPS Center for Global Affairs Explores Global Women’s Issues During a Day-Long Seminar, March 7

Topics include Women and Security; Development and Sex-Trafficking; Combating Child Marriages; and Gender Equality

NEW YORK, February 27, 2014 – The enduring story of women’s struggle for empowerment and advancement in the international arena will be examined during a day-long seminar offered by the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU-SCPS) Center for Global Affairs (scps.nyu.edu/cga).

The seminar, “Global Issues: Critical Topics, Expert Lecturers,” will take place on Friday, March 7, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the NYU Midtown Center, 11 West 42nd Street.

“The seminar addresses issues of concern to women worldwide and dovetails with International Women’s Day on Saturday, March 8, a day celebrated the world over and at the United Nations, at NGOs, and other intergovernmental organizations,” said Vera Jelinek, divisional dean of the NYU-SCPS Center for Global Affairs. “For those interested in a deeper understanding of today’s controversies and challenges, it offers insights not generally available outside of graduate coursework.”

The seminar features five stellar experts who, in lectures of 75 minutes each, probe the ramifications and the contours of women's global empowerment and advancement. The panels and panelists are:

Are Women's Rights an International Peace and Security Problem? The Security Council’s Shifting Perspectives on Women, Peace, and Security
Anne Marie Goetz, Clinical Professor, Center for Global Affairs, NYU-SCPS; former Chief Advisor Peace and Security, U.N. Women

Against All Odds:  A Woman Leads Pakistan
Mark Siegel, former Speechwriter for Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto; Producer, BHUTTO; Partner, Locke Lord, LLP

Why Have Development Agendas Failed to Address Sex-Trafficking?
Ruchira Gupta, Founder and President, Apne Aap Women Worldwide

Child Marriage: Finally on the Global Agenda?
Liesl Gerntholtz, Executive Director, Women’s Rights Division, Human Rights Watch

Women's Rights and Gender Equality - Impressive Gains and Staggering Failures - How Do Institutional Rules Hold Back Progress on Women's Rights? How Do We Change Them?

Aruna Rao, Co-Founder and Executive Director, Gender at Work

The fee for the seminar is $195. Visit: scps.nyu.edu/cga/globalissues to register, or call (212) 992-8380 for more information.

About the Center for Global Affairs

The Center for Global Affairs (CGA), within the NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies (NYU‑SCPS), facilitates change by educating and inspiring our community members to become global citizens who are capable of identifying and implementing solutions to pressing global challenges. We believe that the development of solutions to global problems must be informed by an understanding that the world’s challenges are not merely challenges for and among states, but also challenges for and among non-state actors, urban and rural communities, regional organizations, and traditional diplomatic outlets.

Through rigorous graduate and continuing education programs and public events, we prepare global citizens who are at home in all of these environments—and thus, who are effective agents of change.

For more information, visit: scps/nyu.edu/cga.

About the NYU School of Professional Studies

Established in 1934, the NYU School of Professional Studies (sps.nyu.edu) is one of NYU's several degree-granting schools and colleges, each with a unique academic profile. The reputation of the School of Professional Studies arises from its place as the NYU home for study and applied research related to key knowledge-based industries where the New York region leads globally. This is manifest in the School's diverse graduate, undergraduate, and Professional Pathways programs in fields such as Accounting, Finance, and Law; Applied Health; Arts, Design, and Film; Creative Cities and Economic Development; English-Language Learning; Entrepreneurship; Fundraising and Grantmaking; Global Affairs; Hospitality and Tourism Management; Human Resource Management and Development; Languages and Humanities; Management and Systems; Marketing; Project Management; Public Relations and Corporate Communication; Publishing; Real Estate, Real Estate Development, and Construction Management; Sports Management, Media, and Business; Translation; and Writing.

More than 100 distinguished full-time faculty members collaborate with an exceptional cadre of practitioner/adjunct faculty members and lecturers to create a vibrant professional and academic environment that educates over 5,000 degree-seeking students from around the globe each year. In addition, the School fulfills the recurrent professional education needs of local, national, and international economies, as evidenced by nearly 28,000 Professional Pathways enrollments in Career Advancement Courses and Diploma Programs. The School's community is enriched by more than 31,000 degree-holding alumni worldwide, many of whom serve as mentors, guest speakers, and advisory board members. For more information about the NYU School of Professional Studies, visit sps.nyu.edu.