Charlotte Bunch

Born:October 14, 1944 (age 77)
Career:Author, activist, organizer in women's and human rights
Education:B.A., Duke University

A pioneering strategist and organizer, Charlotte Bunch is one of the foremost advocates of international attention to women's issues and the inclusion of gender and sexual orientation on the global human rights agenda.

Born October 13, 1944, in North Carolina, Bunch is a 1966 magna cum laude graduate of Duke University. She became active on the national scene as a writer, lesbian activist and lecturer, particularly in movements for women's liberation and women's rights. She created and edited Quest: A Feminist Journal (1974), one of the first and leading journals to promote analysis and policy-making to improve women's status in society.

Expanding her activities into the international arena, Bunch built an international network of women, united by common concerns, and prepared by education and training for effective action. Through her speeches and organizing at international conferences, she served as a critical catalyst for action on women's issues. For example, her speech to Amnesty International in 1989 marked the beginning of that organization's efforts to address gender-specific human rights issues. Her leadership was crucial to the adoption of strong support for women by the 1993 U.N. Conference on Human Rights, in Vienna, and at the 1995 U.N. Conference on Human Rights, in Beijing, for supporting women's place in human rights advocacy.

In 1989, Bunch founded The Center for Women's Global Leadership at Rutgers University, where she still serves as founding director and senior scholar. Through the center, she continues her role as leader of national and international networking, advocacy and training, and to advance women's well-being around the world.

In 1996, Bunch was inducted into the National Women's Hall of Fame. In 1999 she was selected by President Bill Clinton as a recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Award for Human Rights. She received the Women Who Make a Difference Award from the National Council for Research on Women in 2000, was honored in 2002 as one of the "21 Leaders for the 21st Century" by Women's eNews and received the Board of Trustees Award for Excellence in Research in 2006 from Rutgers University.

Bunch is the author of several books and articles, including "Passionate Politics: Feminist Theory in Action" (1987), "Preambulo: Abriendo las Copuertas" in "Declaracion Universal de Derecho Humanos: Texto Y Comentarios Inusuales" (2001), and "Taking Stock: Women's Human Rights Five Years After Beijing" in "Holding On to the Promise: Women's Human Rights and the Beijing + 5 Review" (2001).