Lisa Dettmer talks to feminist activist and scholar Judith Ezekiel about the herstory of International Women's Day, which was reactivated in the 1960's by Laura X right here in Berkeley, and about why it is important to maintain IWD celebrations, and prevent its observance from being co-opted. Ezekiel is the author of Feminism in the Heartland.
And this month also marks the 15th anniversary of the historic UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China. That gathering put a women's rights agenda on center stage. Preeti Shekar talks to Charlotte Bunch about the importance of the Beijing Conference and the U.N. in fostering women's human rights. Bunch is a pioneering feminist and is one of the foremost advocates of the inclusion of gender and sexual orientation on global human rights agendas.
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