Footage of an NGO meeting. Rigoberta Menchu and others, including Martha Figueroa, sit around a table discussing issues [not logged or translated]. At the end of the video, Monica
Angeles and others are relaxing in an apartment. Margaret Crehan explains from behind the camera how shoot video in low-lighting to create an effect.
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Women's Caucus for Gender JusticeRole: Creator
WITNESS; Women's Caucus for Gender Justice; University of Texas Libraries
2000/08/19 - 2000/08/20
civil and political rights--women's rights
advocacy, activism, and responses to persecution--conferences
advocacy, activism, and responses to persecution--activists
Rigoberta Menchu Tum
North and Central America--Mexico--Chiapas
North and Central America--United States--New York--Brooklyn
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The Women's Caucus was formed in February 1997, to intervene in the ongoing Preparatory Committee meetings for the establishment of an International Criminal Court at the United Nations.
Women realized that without an organized caucus, women's concerns would not be actively defended in the documents and process of creation of an International Criminal Court. The legal issues in
the ICC are complex and sensitive. They require people from different legal systems and cultures to arrive at a consensus on specific issues that may challenge local traditions or beliefs. The
gender-related issues are particularly sensitive, as they are not as well understood. Gender-related crimes are often perceived to be private or individual crimes that do not rise to the level
of international human rights law, or that are perceived to be taken care of by a "neutral" statute. However, the experience of women has been that neutrality usually results in leaving out
crimes against women and the ways that women, because of their socially constructed roles in society, are disproportionately affected. It was these concerns that the Women's Caucus sought to
address in the process of creation of an International Criminal Court. By advocating the codification of crimes of sexual, reproductive and gender violence, and inclusion of gender sensitive
processes and criteria for personnel, the Caucus tried to ensure that the Court has capacity to implement justice for women.
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