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28 March 2017
Highlights from the 61st Session of the Commission on the Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) meets each year at the UN for two weeks in March. This year the theme is Women’s Economic Empowerment in the Changing World of Work. Government representatives meet to share their countries' progress towards gender equality, and thousands of NGO leaders from all over the world meet simultaneously to share programs, projects, and successes around the theme.

We invite you to attend a panel of CSW participants who will share their highlights from the wide range of sessions held over the two week period.

When: 5:30-7:00 PM, Tuesday, March 28th

Where: Alliance for Peacebuilding, 1800 Massachusetts Ave, Suite 401, Washington, DC 20036

Panelists include:

Dr. Marisa O. Ensor, Program on Justice and Peace, Georgetown University

Natko Gereš, MD, Program Officer, Promundo

Karen Mulhauser, immediate past Chair, United Nations Association of the USA

Kristen Hecht, Program Director, B.A. Rudolph Foundation

Kimberly Weichel, Moderator, Consultant, UN Women, Chair, Advisory Council, UNA NCA, and Chair, Women and Peacebuilding Affinity Group, AfP 



Dr. Marisa O. Ensor

Marisa is an applied socio-legal anthropologist and human rights scholar and practitioner currently based at Georgetown University’s Justice and Peace Studies Program. She has broad interests in forced displacement, human rights, political conflict, extremist violence, peace and security, and international development, and a focus on gender and youth. Her recent publications include Children and Forced Migration: Durable Solutions in Transient Years (2016); African Childhoods: Education, Development, Peacebuilding and the Youngest Continent (2012); Children and Migration: At the Crossroads of Resiliency and Vulnerability (2010); and The Legacy of Hurricane Mitch: Lessons from Post-Disaster Reconstruction in Honduras (2009), as well as numerous journal articles, book chapters and technical field reports for UNICEF, IOM, UNHCHR and USAID.

Natko Geres, MD

Natko Gereš is a Program Officer at Promundo, where he focuses both on research related to men and gender equality and on men's engagement in post-conflict and high-violence settings. He coordinates projects related to violence prevention, including the Young Men's Clubs Against Violence in Kinshasa, as well as the International Men and Gender Equality Survey (IMAGES) in the Middle East, North Africa, and Afghanistan. Natko is a currently finalizing his MPH and PhD in the field of masculinity and men's health at University of Zagreb School of Medicine.

Karen Mulhauser

Karen Mulhauser is past Chair of United Nations Association of the USA and is past President of the National Capitol Area chapter. She established Mulhauser and Associates in 1988, a small, progressive, management and public affairs consulting firm. She coordinates Consulting Women, a network of 1,000 DC area self-employed women and helped start Women’s Information Network in 1989 to make Washington, DC more welcoming for young, prochoice Democratic women. Prior to consulting, Karen was Executive Director of NARAL, National Abortion Rights Action League and two disarmament organizations.

Kristen Hecht

Kristen’s background is in non-profit management, with experience in the areas of organizational governance, program management, event planning, and communications. Kristen is passionate about expanding opportunities for women and girls and currently works as Program Director at the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, an organization that supports women as they launch their career by providing internship scholarships, mentoring, and networking opportunities. Prior to her position at the B.A. Rudolph Foundation, Kristen worked as the Director of Membership and Programs at the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA). She remains involved in UNA-NCA as a member of its “Cities for CEDAW Committee,” a committee that advocates for legislation in the DC area that would end all forms of discrimination against women.

Kimberly Weichel, Moderator

Kimberly Weichel is a social entrepreneur who has worked for over 25 years building bridges between cultures and segments of society. She is a passionate advocate for women’s advancement and empowerment and is a leadership, cross-cultural and gender trainer. Until recently she was CEO of Peace x Peace, an international women’s peacebuilding and leadership organization, on the forefront of promoting women’s leadership. Kim does consulting with UN Women and is an author, trainer, speaker, and NGO leader. She is Chair of the Advisory Council of UNA NCA and Chair of AfP’s Women and Peacebuilding Affinity Group.

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