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Radhika Balakrishnan
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Radhika Balakrishnan is Faculty Director of the Center for Women's Global Leadership and Professor, Women's and Gender Studies at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, NJ. She has a Ph.D. in Economics from Rutgers University. Previously, she was Professor of Economics and International Studies at Marymount Manhattan College. She has worked at the Ford Foundation as a program officer in the Asia Regional Program. She is currently the Chair of the Board of the US Human Rights Network and on the Board of the Center for Constitutional Rights. She has published in the field of gender and development. A select list of her publications are listed below: Why MES with Human Rights: Integrating Macro Economic Strategies with Human Rights, 2005; edited The Hidden Assembly Line: Gender Dynamics of Subcontracted Work in a Global Economy, Kumarian Press, 2001; and co-edited Good Sex: Feminist Perspectives from the Worlds Religions, with Patricia Jung and Mary Hunt, Rutgers University Press, 2000. She has also authored numerous articles that have appeared in books and journals.

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The Women at Bedford Prison Writing Their Own History

(1) Comments | Posted May 11, 2016 | 3:55 PM

President Barack Obama's prison reform efforts rank among his most important initiatives. I was privileged to take part in a recent conference highlighting significant work being done at the Bedford Prison for Women in New York, The Crossing Borders VI Conference, organized by Marymount Manhattan College at Bedford,...

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How Did the United States Really Perform in the United Nations Human Rights Review? By the Numbers, the News is Not Good

(10) Comments | Posted May 18, 2015 | 3:03 PM

By Radhika Balakrishnan and María Herminia Graterol

The United States, so comfortable judging the human rights performance and policies of other countries, had a second review of its own record on May 11th. The status of human rights for all in the U.S. was reviewed by UN Member States at...

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Occupy Wall Street From a Human Rights Lens

(7) Comments | Posted November 4, 2011 | 11:26 AM

Occupy Wall Street has hit a chord with people, underscoring what many see as the primary problem of the U.S. economy -- the dominance of financial interests. A recent poll discovered that 43 percent of people agree with the views of the Occupy Wall Street movement, and only...

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Corporate Control of Our Democracy: Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission

(1) Comments | Posted July 12, 2010 | 12:52 PM

This January the U.S. Supreme Court issued a shattering ruling that will intensify corporate influence in our democracy to an unprecedented degree. In Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, the Court ruled that government restrictions on corporate election spending are unconstitutional because such restrictions violated corporations' right to free speech...

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Making the International Monetary Fund Accountable to Human Rights

(0) Comments | Posted April 23, 2010 | 3:36 PM

On April 24th and 25th, the International Monetary Fund, together with the World Bank, will meet in Washington, D.C. to assess their work, their policies, and their future role in the world economy. In April 2009, the IMF got a huge boost from the G-20 with a promised injection of...

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Why Human Rights are Indispensable to Financial Regulation

(4) Comments | Posted March 29, 2010 | 12:14 PM

What does the financial crisis have to do with human rights? When we hear the words "human rights," we may think about Darfur, stifled dissent in Burma, or the killings of protestors in Guinea, yet, here the biggest economic meltdown in the US since the Great Depression continues to erode...

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