Co-founder of Defend International, Dr Widad, attended the 52nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women, held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, from 25 February to 7 March 2008. DI is committed to gender equality, women’s empowerment and human rights, and therefore DI representatives joined thousands of other attendees from around the globe.
Defend International warmly welcomes Australia’s recent apology to its indigenous peoples for the pain and indignity they endured under the Government’s past laws and policies. DI hopes this initiative will rekindle respect and recognition of Indigenous rights.
Defend International participated in Mr. Al Gore’s acceptance ceremony of the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo. DI advisor was among the 1.000 people in the audience, featuring government officials, royalty, high-ranking international personalities and movie stars.
Defend International supported the International Poetry Prize Castello Di Duino and encouraged its members to participate if they met the qualifications of the conditions of participation as specified in the announcement received from Professor Gabriella Valera Gruber.
DI co-founder Dr. Widad traveled to New York City to attend the United Nations 62nd General Assembly. She took part in numerous bilateral and multilateral meetings with government delegates as part of her participation in the UN First Committee.