March 07, 1995

The World Social Summit and Copenhagen Hearing on Economic Justice and Women’s Human Rights

The Copenhagen Hearing on Economic Justice and Women’s Human Rights was held on March 7, 1995 as part of the NGO Forum at the United Nations World Summit on Social Development in Copenhagen, Denmark. The hearing was coordinated by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) and Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) in collaboration with other organizations. The third in a series of international hearings and tribunals on Women’s Rights as Human Rights by CWGL, the Copenhagen Hearing provided an opportunity for women of the Global North and Global South to share their stories and contribute concrete evidence of how women have been devastated by unequal economic restructuring and the International Monetary Fund’s and World Bank’s structural adjustment programs. Ultimately challenging the world’s governments to incorporate a holistic understanding of women’s human rights into their social and economic policies, the Copenhagen Hearing “represents an important step forward in the articulation of a vision of human rights which deepens solidarity among women around the world through demanding accountability from global and national institutions.”

Category: Movement Activism