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WIDE 1998

Network Women in Development
Annual Conference 1998

Protect - Promote - Fulfill
Women's Economic and Social Rights as part of International Human Rights
( deutsche Version )

11-14 June 1998, Vienna, Austria
Registration Form

Hosted by WIDE Austria
E-mail: wide.austria@magnet.at


to the 1998 Annual Conference of Women in Development Europe (WIDE)
Protect - Promote - Fulfill Women's Economic and Social Rights as part of International Human Rights

11-14 June 1998

at Seminarzentrum Am Spiegeln,
A-1230 Vienna, Johann-Hoerbiger-Gasse 30
Tel +43/1/8893093

The WIDE Annual Conference provides an excellent opportunity to exchange experiences and strategies amongst the WIDE network and other people working on gender and development issues.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the 5th anniversary of the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna at which women's and girl's human rights were declared an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of the universal human rights. Violence against women and all forms of sexual harassment and exploitation were declared incompatible with human dignity and their elimination was demanded.

Though economic and social rights were held to be part of human rights on the same footing as civil and political rights, in reality they have not held the same weight. This casts a shadow over the celebration of human rights.

In WIDE's work on gender and development issues we have come to realise the importance and necessity of increasing the visibility and prominence of economic and social rights to the economic advancement of women and girls. This annual conference will address these concerns.

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Thursday, 11 June 1998

13:00 - 16:00 WIDE Working Group on Alternative Economics and Trade Meeting.
(Economic literacy training / poverty, assessment - open to interested participants)
15:00 - 17:00 WIDE Working Group on EU Policy
17:00 - 19:00 WIDE Steering Group

16:00 Arrival/Registration/Informal Gathering

Friday, 12 June 1998

9:30 - 10.30 Opening Session

Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:30 - 12:30 Keynote Speeches and Discussion
Open to day participants

14:00 - 17:00 Workshops

20:00 Cultural Event

Saturday, 13 June 1998

9:00 - 12:30 Hearing on Economic Injustices

14:00 - 15:30 Workshops

16:00 - 17:30 Closing Plenary

19:00 Reception at the Vienna Town Hall

Followed by a Night Walk through the City of Vienna

Sunday, 14 June 1998

9:00 - 13:00 WIDE General Assembly
Open to members of WIDE National Platforms and invited observers*

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If you would like to join your WIDE Platform please contact the WIDE National Platforms in your country (list available from WIDE).

The keynote speech will address

  • What are women's economic and social rights?
  • What are the existing threats to women's economic and social rights?
  • How useful are existing instruments for the protection and promotion of women's economic and social advancement?
  • How do we enhance, protect and promote the fulfilment of women's economic and social rights?

    Hearing on Economic Justice and Violation of Economic Rights
    Women testify on violations of cultural, economic and social rights. Commentaries on the accountability of international institutions by international human rights activists.


    • History of Human Rights. A critical look at the relationship between gender, development and women's rights.
    • The Restructuring of the Labour Market and Social Policies and Their Effect on Women's Economic and Social Rights.
    • International Trade Agreements and the Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI): Implications for women's social and economic advancement.
    • Women's Struggle to Protect their Economic and Social Status in Central and Eastern Europe.
    • Islamic and Christian Fundamentalism and the Oppression of Women.
    • The Impact of Conflict on Women's Social and Economic Rights.
    • Creating Policy Alternatives for Enhancing Women's Economic and Social Rights. Alternative/women's budget campaigns, gender aware country reports, etc.
    • Fighting for Economic Justice: Women Migrant Workers in Europe.

    All workshops will include perspectives from both the South and the North. These perspectives will feature the activities of women working in the policy arena and at the grassroots level.

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    Information for participants

    The working language of the conference is English. Simultaneous interpretation is available during plenary sessions in German and Spanish.

    The fee for the conference will be between 2.525,- and 3.125,- ATS (210 to 260 U$). This includes accommodation and meals for three days and nights and all the conference papers.
    The conference venue is the Seminarzentrum Am Spiegeln in Vienna (35 minutes by public transport from Vienna City and 1,5 hours from Vienna Airport).


    WIDE Austria
    Berggasse 7, A-1090 Vienna
    Tel. +43/1/317 40 31
    Fax +43/1/315 72 50

    E-mail: wide.austria@magnet.at

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