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Socially Excluded Minorities Speak Up for Gender Justice & Human Rights

Thursday, December 9, 2010 

3:30-6:00pm Church Center for the United Nations, NYC


The Feminist Task Force and the Task Force on the Socially Excluded of the Global Call to Action against Poverty (GCAP) have joined with the Office of the Chaplain of the Church Center for the United Nations and the Human Rights Project of the Urban Justice Center to organize a Tribunal on Social Exclusion on Thursday, December 9, 2010 that will serve as a platform for the representatives of a number of socially excluded communities to stake their claim for dignity and human rights before a panel of expert jurists. 

This latter group comprises advocates who can hear the testimonials and convert them into recommendations and policy steps.  The witness representatives are from the Roma, LGBTI, disabled, homeless, Muslim-American/South Asian, domestic worker, migrant and other communities. Finally, there will be artistic transitions performances by musicians and poets on the themes of human and gender rights. 

Although World Dignity Day takes place on December 5th, the event will take place on Thursday, December 9th, 3:30-6pm at the Church Center for the UN.

The date was selected to take advantage of the confluence of global actions occurring within the same time frame, including:

  • 10 Days of Action on Social Exclusion (Dec 1-10)
  • Human Rights Day (Dec 10)
  • 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence (Nov 25-Dec 10)
  • International Migrants Day (Dec 18)

Organized by:

Rosa Lizarde (Coordinator, Feminist Task Force)
Rajiv Joshi (GCAP Global Secretariat, Task Force on Social Exclusion)
Kathleen Stone, Chaplain, CCUN
Meena Jagannath (Staff, Feminist Task Force-World Day of Dignity)
Marta Benavides (Siglo XXIII, GCAP Global Council Co-Chair)
Erin Markman (Human Rights Project, Urban Justice Center)

The socially excluded are those who are systematically marginalized on account of their race, gender identity, ethnicity, caste, age, ability, HIV status, immigration status, sexual orientation, or religion. Marginalization occurs through discrimination and alienation, by which an individual or group is barred access to full participation in the social and political spheres of the greater community. Excluded persons consequently experience isolation, lowered quality of life, unequal citizenship and reduced opportunities for success, often making them those who are “hardest to reach and easiest to ignore.”

For more information contact:

Rosa Lizarde
Coordinator, Feminist Task Force-GCAP
Cell:  +1 917 836-6543
Email:  rosaencasa(at)aol.com