international work  Rangita de Silva-de Alwis traveled to Beijing, China in May to present a paper on domestic violence issues in Asia as part of the Conference on Gender Equality organized by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. In August, she conducted a training program for the staff of the Secretariat for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (SCRPD) and other United Nations’ (UN) agencies at the UN in New York City, NY. During the program, de Silva-de Alwis shared tools and a theoretical framework on human rights-based approaches within a gender equality framework in order to support effective program development domestically, regionally, and internationally, and to help operationalize the new convention. Akiko Ito, Chief of the SCRPD which was established in December 2007, is a member of the WCW Board of Overseers. Additionally, de Silva-de Alwis has been selected to serve as a member of the UN Evaluation Group Task Force on Evaluation Guidance-Human Rights and Gender Equality. This high-level advisory group is developing a guidance document for incorporating a human rights and gender equality perspective in all UN agency evaluations. She will participate in a workshop in November to review the draft guidelines and to strategize on moving them forward. 

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