United Nations Commission on the Status of Women 56,  February 26 – March 9.
UN Theme: Empowering Rural and Indigenous Women

The Women’s Intercultural Network (WIN) and US Women Connect (USWC) invited all NGOs to an interactive Roundtable and Forum on “Winning Strategies for Economic Participation of Rural and Indigenous Women.”  The Forum expanded on the 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Women’s Economic Summit, San Francisco Declaration globally adding experiences and comments of rural and indigenous women working ‘on the ground’, living with an economy and surviving economic polices they often have no voice in making.

Our goal:  All women are vital as participants in economic recovery locally and globally.

Following are video excerpts from the Forum:

Marilyn Fowler, President/CEO of Women’s Intercultural Network welcomes and introduces Emily Murase (Moderator)-Executive Director of the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women 

Dian Harrison-Chair of the Board (WIN) ; Advisory Council, Kayunga Peace Centre, Republic of Uganda

Marily Mondejar-President, Filipina Women’s Network 

Mona Motwani-Human Rights Attorney; Co-Founder , SPARK San Francisco

Kathy Wan Povi Sanchez-Founder Tewa Women United; Co-Chair, US Women Connect

Daphne Casey-Director, United Nations Volunteers

Thank you to our Co-sponsors:

Southwest Airlines, San Francisco Commission on Women, Women’s Intercultural Network, US Women Connect, Women News Network, TEWA Women United, Filipina Women’s Network, NOW Foundation

Following are sample video interviews by See Jane Do about the UNCSW theme “Empowering Rural and Indigenous Women”.  See more interviews on their web site at

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