International Conference in London 28-29 November 2015
The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, the International Association of Democratic Lawyers and the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy & World Human Rights will be hosting the "Women Fighting Back: International and Legal Perspectives" conference at London South Bank University (103 Borough Road, London SE1 0AA) on 28-29 November 2015.
The aim of the conference is to bring a critical, left wing and intersectional perspective to the women's movement and to provide a forum for exchanging ideas and practical skills between lawyers, academics and activists to advance women’s campaigns and struggles.
The main themes of the conference will be:
- Violence against women
- The role of women in peace processes
- Women in work
- Migrant women
- Climate change
We are delighted to announce the participation of:
- Rashida Manjoo (South Africa) - the immediate former (2009-2014) UN Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Professor in the Department of Public Law, Cape Town
- Lilian Hofmeister (Austria) - CEDAW, Substitute Justice at the Austrian Constitutional Court>
- Wafa Kafarna (Palestine) - Norwegian Refugee Council and Palestinian activist
- Liz Davies (UK) - Housing Rights Lawyer, honorary Vice-President of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers and co-author of "&rsEnforcing Housing Rights: the case of Sheikh Jarrah: Report on the fact-finding mission to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories"for Avocats Sans FrontieÌres
- Jeanne Mirer (USA), President of IADL, founding board member of the International Commission for Labour Rights
- Frances Webber (UK) - vice-chair of the Institute of Race Relations' council of management and a former barrister who specialised in immigration, refugee and human rights law.
Saturday 28 November 2015
10:00-10:30 Welcome Note:
- Liz Davies (UK)
Honorary Vice-Chair of the Haldane Society and Housing Rights Lawyer.
10:30-12:00 Panel Discussion: Migrant and Refugee Women
- Frances Webber (UK)
Vice-chair of the Institute of Race Relations' council of management and a former barrister who specialised in immigration, refugee and human rights law.
- Dr Dorys Quintana Cruz (Cuba)
Professor of International Law, University of Havana
- Dr. Rayah Feldman (UK)
Chair Hackney Migrant Centre
14:00-14:30 Keynote Session
- Prof. Rashida Manjoo (South Africa)
Former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women (2009-2015)
14:30-16:00 Panel Discussion: Violence against Women
- Lilian Hofmeister (Austria) (TBC)
UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
- Rosa Logar (Austria)
Founder of Women Against Violence Europe and member of the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO)
- Elizabeth Gordon (UK)
16:00-16:15 Campaign for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention Action on violence against women and domestic violence (ELDH)
16:30-18:00 Panel Discussion: Women in conflict and peace
- Wafa Kafarna (Palestine)
Norwegian Refugee Council
- Alejandra Muñoz Valdez
Legal Advisor, International Crimes and Accountability Department, the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights
- Barbara Spinelli (Italy)
Member of the Italian Association of Democratic Lawyers and Expert on Femicide/ Feminicide.
- Dr. Ahlam Beydoun (Lebanon)
Lecturer in Law at the Lebanese University
Evening: Cabaret at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, 145 Fleet Street with Scary Little Girls
Sunday 29 November 2015
10:30-12:00 Panel Discussion: The State and Women's Bodies
- Mara Clarke (Ireland)
Abortion Support Network
14:45-16:15 Panel Discussion: Women in work
- Jeanne Mirer (USA)
President of IADL, founding board member of the International Commission for Labour Rights
- Nadja Charaby Rosa Luxemburg Foundation
- Yasmine Bennamanii and Fessekh Amina (Algeria)
- Bronwyn Handyside (UK)
Vice Chair of UNITE London and Eastern Region
16:15-17:00 Closing Note
- Jeanne Mirer (USA)
President of IADL, founding board member of the International Commission for Labour Rights.
 N.B. This is a draft programme and may be changed.
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