Charlotte Bunch – USA

She is one of the 1000 women proposed for the Nobel Peace Price 2005.

She says: “We have to start looking at the world through women’s eyes. How are human rights, peace, and development defined from the perspective of the lives of women?”

She says also: “Feminism is an entire world view or gestalt, not just a laundry list of women’s issues”.

And she says: “Framing violence against women as a human rights issue has helped to make various forms of such violence more visible and added to the perception of the seriousness of the problem. For example, by showing how domestic violence often parallels other forms of violation seen as unacceptable, like torture, or that rape in armed conflict can constitute a war crime has increased the pressure that these issues be taken onto local, national, and global agendas”. (Read the whole interview on Women’s Human

Read: ‘UN new report says, Violence against Women is a Human Rights Violation‘.

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Charlotte Bunch – USA

She works for the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, for Human Rights Watch (women), and for International Council on Human Rights Policy. And on the Boards of the Global Fund for Women.

Charlotte Bunch, founder and executive director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, has been an activist, author, and organizer in women’s and human rights movements for more than three decades.

An influential advocate and activist, Charlotte has increased the visibility and importance of women’s rights internationally. She has written numerous articles and edited or coedited nine anthologies. Charlotte is a distinguished professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Rutgers University.A pioneering strategist and organizer, Charlotte Bunch is one of the foremost advocates of international attention to women’s issues, and the inclusion of gender and sexual orientation on global human rights agenda.

A 1966 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Duke University, Charlotte became active on the national scene as a writer, lesbian activist, and lecturer, particularly in movements for women’s liberation and women’s rights. She created and edited Quest: A Feminist Journal (1974), one of the first and the leading journals to promote analysis and policy making to improve women’s status in society.

Expanding her activities into the international arena, Charlotte built an international network of women, united by common concerns, and prepared by education and training for effective action. Through her speeches and organizing at international conferences, she served as a critical catalyst for action on women’s issues.

For example, her speech to Amnesty International in 1989 marked the beginning of that organization’s efforts to address gender-specific human rights issues. Her leadership was crucial to the adoption by the 1993 U.N. Conference on Human Rights, in Vienna, of strong support for women, and at the 1995 U.N. Conference on Human Rights, in Beijing, for supporting women’s place in human rights advocacy.

“Part of human rights is protection and defending the rights of minorities, or those whose views are different from the mainstream of their communities, and in this regard, women’s human rights can and should help women to assert themselves when they do not agree with their cultures,” Charlotte said. “But for our visions to prevail, we must convince more people that societies need to change and to do this, we must find more effective ways to discuss the critical issues of women, culture, and human rights.”

In 1989, Bunch founded The Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Douglass College, Rutgers University, where she serves as Director and Professor of Urban Studies. Through the Center, she continues her role as leader of national and international networking, advocacy and training, to advance women’s well-being around the world.

The Center for Women’s Global Leadership is a unit of the Institute for Women’s Leadership (IWL) – a consortium of six women’s programs at Rutgers University created to study and promote how and why women lead, and to develop programs that prepare women of all ages to lead effectively. The member units of IWL are: the Center for the American Woman and Politics (CAWP), the Center for Women and Work, the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (Global Center), Douglass College, the Institute for Research on Women (IRW), and the Women’s and Gender Studies Department.

The Global Center’s programs promote the leadership of women and advance feminist perspectives in policy-making processes in local, national and international arenas. Since 1990, the Global Center has fostered women’s leadership in the area of human rights through women’s global leadership institutes, strategic planning activities, international mobilization campaigns, UN monitoring, global education endeavors, publications, and a resource center. Under Charlotte’s leadership, the Global Center works from a human rights perspective with an emphasis on violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and socio-economic well-being.

Charlotte has authored the collection, Passionate Politics: Feminist Theory in Action, and co-authored Demanding Accountability: The Global Campaign and Vienna Tribunal for Women’s Human Rights.

Many have recognized Charlotte’s contributions to conceptualizing and organizing for women’s human rights. They include:

  • Induction into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in October 1996
  • Selection by President Clinton as a recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights in December 1999
  • Receipt of the “Women Who Make a Difference Award” from the National Council for Research on Women in 2000, and
  • Recognition as one of the “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s Enews in 2002.
  • She was intruduced into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in October 1996.

She has served on the boards of numerous organizations and is currently a member of the Advisory Committee for the Human Rights Watch Women’s Rights Division, on the Board of the International Council on Human Rights Policy, a member of the Advisory Council for the Ethical Globalization Initiative, and has served as a consultant to numerous groups, including a number of United Nations bodies. Charlotte is a Distinguished Professor in the Women’s and Gender Studies Department at Rutgers University. (Read all on 1000peacewomen).

Read: The United Nations NGO conference, NYC September 6-8 2006.

She is the author of numerous essays and has edited or co-edited nine anthologies including the Center’s reports on the UN Beijing Plus 5 Review and the World Conference Against Racism. Her books include two classics: Passionate Politics: Feminist Theory in Action and Demanding Accountability: The Global Campaign and Vienna Tribunal for Women’s Human Rights. (see on

Read: Keynote Address by Dr. Charlotte Bunch, Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Women’s Global Leadership.

Books (see list on wikipedia):

  • 1970, The New Women: A Motive Anthology on Women’s Liberation;
  • 1974, Class and Feminism; Women Remembered: Short Biographies of Women in History;
  • 1975, Lesbianism and the Women’s Movement;
  • 1981, Building Feminist Theory: Essays from Ques;
  • 1983, Learning Our Way: Essays in Feminist Education;
  • 1984, International Feminism: Networking Against Female Sexual Slavery;
  • 1987, Passionate Politics: Feminist Theory in Action ;
  • 1994, Demanding Accountability: The Global Campaign and Vienna Tribunal Women’s Human Rights.

Read her Biography on Drew University. And on this Diagram.

And she said: America is like an unfaithful love who promises us more than we got. (See more of them on quotations book).

Las mujeres continúan siendo víctimas de acoso sexual, tráfico humano y flagrante discriminación en todo el planeta.


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