Women of the Diaspora: A Global Virtual Summit On Gender and Racial Discrimination Starts Friday, September 18 at 11:00 AM

African Renaissance

Women of the Diaspora: A Global Summit on Gender and Racial Discrimination is the first in a series of webinars centering on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals. On Friday, September 18, the summit focuses on Goal 5: gender equality and empowerment of women and girls, particularly those from the African Diaspora. The online discussion is from 11:00 am EDT to 1:00 pm EDT (3:00 - 5:00 pm GMT).

Organized jointly by the African Renaissance and Diaspora Network (ARDN), the Republic of Costa Rica and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the virtual discussion addresses racial discrimination and violence against women and girls. Among the participants are H.E. Epsy Campbell-Barr, First Vice President of the Republic of Costa Rica; Dr. Natalie Kanem, USG and Executive Director of the UN Development Population Fund; the Honorable Constance Newman, Chair of the Board of ARDN and former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs of USA; the Honorable Diane Abbott, British Member of Parliament; and Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, President and Chair of the Board of National Council of Negro Women.

Remembering Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg: 1933 – 2020 by Assembly member Rodneyse Bichotte, 9/20/20


Photo Credit: CCR

The nation lost a preeminent judicial scholar and champion for gender equality today, when Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a Brooklyn native, passed away on the evening of Rosh Hashanah. Justice Ginsburg, the second woman ever appointed to the United States Supreme Court died of complications from pancreatic cancer. She was known for her dissenting opinions, which she dressed for in a judicial collar, or jabot.

Ginsburg started her legal career as an advocate for gender equality. In 1975, while a professor at Rutgers Law, Ginsburg famously argued the case Weinberger v. Wiesenfeld before the Supreme Court. She took on the case of the appellant, Stephen Wiesenfeld, who was denied Social Security survivor benefits after his wife passed away, because of his sex. After hearing Ginsburg's arguments, the Court held that gender‐based discrimination violated the due process clause of the Fifth Amendment.


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