Activists collaborate on workbook to advance women’s rights

Women’s rights activists and authors Krishanti Dharmaraj and Soon-Young Yoon have joined forces to produce a workbook aimed at empowering individuals and organizations to champion human rights of women and girls at the local level through legislation and implementation.

“Making Rights Real for Future Generations” is a comprehensive primer, representing a culmination of the authors’ decades of work in mobilizing women and feminist organizations at the United Nations.

The genesis of this workbook emerged from Dharmaraj's previous work in coalition building and mobilization in San Francisco in 1998. The authors have updated their approach to address contemporary challenges related to the sustainable development goals set forth in the Cities for CEDAW campaign (Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimation Against Women) launched by the NGO Committee on the Status of Women/New York in 2014.

The workbook is designed to facilitate the integration of women’s human rights across various U.N. agendas, including climate change, ending violence against women and girls, gender pay gap, and urban planning. With a target audience comprising government officials, civil society leaders, and dynamic youth advocates, the workbook offers practical strategies and tools for fostering collaboration and effecting positive change.

The workbook has already garnered praise from CEDAW experts, who lauded it as a valuable resource for initiating campaigns and impacting policy.

To celebrate the workbook's launch, the authors have participated in events during the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women meeting in New York. They plan to introduce it to a virtual audience during the U.N. High-Level Political Forum in July, coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the Cities for CEDAW campaign. The date and online platform for the virtual event will soon be announced.

“Making Rights Real for Future Generations” is published by Mission Point Press of Traverse City,  The softcover workbook retails for $16.95 and is available in bookstores and online.

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Dharmaraj is a human rights advocate and a practitioner with three decades of experience working at the intersection of gender, race, and other identities at local, national, and global levels.

She is the founder of Dignity Index, a methodology and a process to prevent and remedy structural discrimination, and Dignidad360, an innovation lab to increase safety for women and girls in public and private spheres. Dharmaraj is on the faculty at Glasgow Caledonian New York College, teaching in a master’s program in DEI Leadership.

Yoon is the U.N. representative for the International Alliance of Women.

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