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Recent events: Beijing Plus 20 and Women Make Movies Film Festival at Futures Without Violence

A little over a week ago I sat in on two days’ worth of empowerment activities beginning with Women’s Intercultural Network’s annual meeting on Saturday and a film festival appearance hosted by Futures Without Violence and Women Make Movies.

2015 marks the 20 year anniversary of the Beijing Platform for Action, an agenda created at the United Nations 4th World Conference on Women that took place in Beijing in 1995. As a defining framework for change, the Platform for Action made comprehensive commitments under 12 critical areas of concern. Even 20 years later, it remains a powerful source of guidance and inspiration. Our last session at UN headquarters centered around discussing Beijing Plus 20 to benchmark progress the BPFA has made for women and girls globally under the 12 critical areas of concern and how far we still have left to go to improve existing conditions.

On day one of the meetings I spoke on a panel about the CEDAW ordnance and the Cities for CEDAW campaign to encourage mayors from around the country to adopt the treaty into practice. CEDAW, adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. Consisting of a preamble and 30 articles, it defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.

The following day I had the honor of being a featured speaker at the Women Make Movies film festival about 50 Women, Book One and the upcoming Book Two (November 2015) and the importance of first – person narrative in the media.

Below are some photos, but you can see the full albums here:
Day One – Beijing Plus 20 and CEDAW
Day Two – Women Make Movies Film Festival

Panel presentation at Futures Without Violence

Speaking on a panel about CEDAW with Executive Director of Futures Without Violence Esta Soler and Tara Yarlagadda from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Speaking on a panel about CEDAW with Executive Director of Futures Without Violence Esta Soler and Tara Yarlagadda from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Speaking on a panel about CEDAW with Executive Director of Futures Without Violence Esta Soler and Tara Yarlagadda from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Speaking on a panel about CEDAW with Executive Director of Futures Without Violence Esta Soler and Tara Yarlagadda from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Elmy Bermejo from U.S. Department of Labor makes introductions

Speaking on a panel about CEDAW with Executive Director of Futures Without Violence Esta Soler and Tara Yarlagadda from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Elmy Bermejo from U.S. Department of Labor makes introductions

Speaking at Women Make Movies film festival

Speaking at Women Make Movies film festival

Women Make Movies film festival

Women Make Movies film festival

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Book Passage – July 18 2015

Below is a video of our recent book reading at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA. Pauline and Nwe spoke about their individual experiences and answered questions to the audience.

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50 Women, Book One at Book Passage – July 18

On July 18, Pauline, Nwe and I spoke at Book Passage in Corte Madera, CA.

Pauline and Nwe read from their stories in 50 Women, Book One, discussing political and social upheaval in Burma and Cameroon. Pauline discussed her many stories of hardship to elevate herself out of poverty and to educate herself by learning to speak French. Nwe discussed the continuously brewing instability in Burma and her hope for her ethnic group, the Rakhine. Overall, both women stole the show and audience members descended upon them with questions, teary-eyed comments and book signing requests. Below are some photos of the event. The entire album can be found here on the 50 Women Project Flickr page.

Jessica Buchleitner and Pauline Stangl at Book Passage

Jessica Buchleitner and Pauline Stangl at Book Passage

Nwe Oo speaks at Book Passage

Nwe Oo speaks at Book Passage

Pauline Stangl speaks at Book Passage

Pauline Stangl speaks at Book Passage

Jessica Buchleitner discussing 50 Women, Book One

Jessica Buchleitner discussing 50 Women, Book One

From left: Nwe Oo, Jessica Buchleitner and Pauline Stangl

From left: Nwe Oo, Jessica Buchleitner and Pauline Stangl

50 Women, Book One at Book Passage

50 Women, Book One at Book Passage

Jessica Buchleitner at Book Passage

Jessica Buchleitner at Book Passage

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Book Passage – July 18

Book Passage has served the Bay Area for more than 30 years, providing the community with an array of author events, writing and language classes, and highly-respected annual conferences. They have hosted Hillary Clinton, Madeline Albright, Eve Ensler, Carlos Santana, John Waters and Nick Hornby to name a few!

Now they are hosting an event for 50 Women, Book One Saturday, July 18 at 1:00 PM!  Click here for details and join me and a few of the contributing women.

A New York Times-reporting bookstore, they offer a wide variety of books ranging from children’s literature to travel guides, from top-selling fiction to mystery novels, and they continue to work diligently with community and nonprofit organizations as well as universities.

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Women’s History Month

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50 Women, Book One in the women’s history month section at Books Inc.!

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Jessica Buchleitner in traditional Burmese Rahaiking dress in front of Books Inc. – Berkeley, CA store with 50 Women, Book One

 

 

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United Nations CSW 59 and 50 Women, Book One

After four years of attending the annual Commission on the Status of Women meetings at the United Nations, it was finally a long awaited honor to be able to present 50 Women, Book One there. I attended the conference with two contributors- Nwe Oo and Siobhan Neilland (Book Two). I will soon be publishing a debrief with all of the updated activity of member states towards the 20 year review of the Beijing Platform for Action. Until then, some photos from the conference are available below or you can view the complete album here.

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Jessica Buchleitner at United Nations General Assembly building

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Jessica Buchleitner, Nwe Oo at the United Nations CSW59

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WIN Board Officers – Nwe Oo, Lenka Belkova and Jessica Buchleitner

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Speaking on panel about 50 Women, Book One with WNN at United Nations

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United Nations CSW 59 panel

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Contributor Photos – 50 Women, Book One

The last 9 months have been quite the journey with 50 Women, Book One out that I have managed to get a few photos of the contributors with the book. Of course these are only a handful as there are 30 women in this book. Perhaps one day I will have a photo of all of them together! More posts to come.

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From left – Boona Cheema, Jessica Buchleitner, Nwe Oo, Masha Maslova

 

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Masha Maslova signing 50 Women, Book One

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Padma Shandas and Jessica Buchleitner

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Nwe Oo with 50 Women, Book One

 

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Jazz Vocalist Thuy Linh and Jessica Buchleitner

 

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Jessica Buchleitner and Editor Nancee Adams- Taylor

 

 

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Jessica and Pauline at Books Inc.

 

To see all photos, please visit the full album here.

 

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