Saturday, February 2, 2013

Panel on the UN Convention Against Toruture and Non State Torture Victimization

I want to share the following information on an excellent Panel Presentation coming up at the CSW - The Date is march 5, 10:30 am. This will be an excellent presentation that will be of wide interest to many, and also what more needs to be done. If you would like to read a fact sheet about torture in the private sphere, click here.


March 5, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Salvation Army Auditorium - 221 East 52nd Street, New York City

Brenda Wallace, CFUW Vice-President of International Relations will Chair the session and introduce Panel Participants.

Felice Gaer, Vice-Chair of the UN Committee against Torture will share the evolutionary process that has led to how some manifestations of gender-based violence have come to be addressed under CAT. She will explain how women may utilize the CAT as an instrument for recognizing human rights violations.

Denise Scotto, as a Member of NGOs International Federation of Women Lawyers and International Federation of Women in Legal Careers, will speak of legal benefits that may develop for women who have endured non-State torture as the CAT develops a gendered perspective.

Jeanette Westbrook, is a member of NGO WG-USA, a social worker, and a woman who today speaks of her life beyond non-State torture victimization thus she will share what it means to her life and human rights to have the Committee support that some women and girls are indeed subjected to non-State torture.

Linda MacDonald & Jeanne Sarson: With 20 years of working with mostly women, reporting non-State torture victimization, they define ‘classic’ non-State torture; share how, as members of CFUW, a breakthrough of support occurred at the Committee against Torture. Sharing professional experiences and those of women so victimized they explain how the defining elements of torture have assisted them in advocating for non-State torture as a specific form of violence against women and girls. Resources at:
The CFUW/FCFDU is an equality-seeking, advocacy organization that works to advance the human rights of women and girls in 112 CFUW Clubs across Canada and at the national level.
CFUW is the largest of the 67 affiliates of the International Federation of University Women.

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