2015 is a milestone year for the global women’s movement. Twenty years ago, the United Nations Fourth World Conference on Women marked the beginning of a new era of activism. With her historic remarks, then-first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton helped galvanize a movement when she boldly declared that “human rights are women’s rights and women’s rights are human rights.”
This International Women’s Day, The Center for American Progress and Vital Voices Global Partnership are convening leaders from around the world and here at home to consider the progress we have made since 1995, the unfinished business that remains, and the significant opportunity that 2015 holds.
With the current Millennium Development Goals set to expire, major multilateral agreements are expected this year. This makes 2015 an exceptional opportunity to place bold and concrete actions to empower women and girls front and center.
In recent months, there has been a resurgence of age-old conversations about how we view black men in America. The results are often discouraging. This month, CAP Senior Fellow Ben Jealous released a book, REACH: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding, that seeks to point the conversation in a more productive and positive direction.
REACH provides stories of black men who have built community—entrepreneurs, artists, teachers, philanthropists, and organizers who have dedicated their lives to reaching back and lifting up the next generation. From John Legend and Rev. Joseph Lowery to sneaker designers and ROTC instructors, REACH provides 40 models for what black men in America truly look like.
Copies of REACH will be available for purchase at the event.
Work family balance issues and labor protections – such as paid family leave, paid sick days, and flexibility arrangements – are often framed as issues that pertain primarily if not solely to women. Research, too, has focused on women and mothers’ wage penalties, confidence gaps, and mommy tracks. But work family balance issues are family issues, which affect men as well as women. Now, as most families face a reality where all parents must work, and as new norms around fatherhood, male caregiving, and equitable partnerships grow, more men than ever before report experiencing conflicts between their work and home lives.
Please join the Center for American Progress as a panel of experts discuss these issues and the research that has been done on men’s work family conflict, timed with the release of a new paper. Josh Earnest, a new father and the White House Press Secretary, will lead our event to speak about his own experiences.
There can be no solution to the world’s pressing energy and climate challenges without enhanced cooperation among Asia-Pacific nations. Collectively, these countries account for close to two-thirds of global energy demand and a similar share of greenhouse gas emissions—and their share of both is slated to grow steeply in the next two decades. At the same time, the impacts of climate change—including flooding, sea-level rise, and hurricanes—are already hitting the region hard, particularly in Southeast Asia, and these threats will only increase without concerted, coordinated action.
Valuing All Our Families: Progressive Policies that Strengthen Family Commitments and Reduce Family Disparities
Stable, healthy marriages and relationships can bolster the economic security and well-being of adults and children. Too often, however, national debates about the family have been limited to arguing the merits of married versus single parenthood, or “traditional” families versus “alternative” ones. An underlying assumption often seems to be that these are static forms into which children are born and remain until they leave home.
It is time to move beyond the simple binaries that tend to structure public debate in this area. Please join the Center for American Progress for an event to release a report that offers a new framework for understanding family indicators that can influence child and adult outcomes and policy recommendations that support stable and healthy relationships and economic security for all families.
In order to ensure the 21st century workforce has flexible and new paths to employment, it is time to reimagine the types of credentials that people earn. While the college bachelor’s degree will remain a mainstay of the U.S. economic engine, there are other types of credentials that can help workers learn skills that help them enter the workforce quickly or progress in their career. Some employers and institutions are using innovative curriculum designs to offer nanodegrees that give workers skills and the opportunity to earn a wage premium while not requiring them to be out of the workforce for a prolonged time. These credentials will allow workers and students to design a program of study that matches the modern economy.
The Center for American Progress will discuss innovative programs to reimagine the way that students earn postsecondary credentials. A recent CAP report examined stackable credentials that could dramatically increase the number of students who successfully complete college by allowing them to move between education and work while amassing credentials that build upon each other. A panel will discuss these emerging approaches to program design.