"Women Fighting Back: International and Legal Perspectives" Panel: Women in Peace and Conflict

In our fifth panel session from the International Women's Conference we hear about Women in Peace and Conflict from:

  • 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

"Women Fighting Back: International and Legal Perspectives" Panel: Campaign for the Ratification of the Istanbul Convention

The European Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights presented a brief session on the campaign for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention on action against violence against women and domestic violence.

Previously today: Violence against Women;

Next tomorrow: Women in Peace and Conflict.

"Women Fighting Back: International and Legal Perspectives" Panel: Violence against Women

Our third conference session is on the subject of Violence against Women.  The speakers are:

  • Rosa Logar (Austria)
    President of Women Against Violence Europe (WAVE).
  • Nichola Marshall (UK)
    Solicitor, International and Group Claims Department, Leigh Day

"Women Fighting Back: International and Legal Perspectives" Keynote Speech: Rashida Manjoo

The second of our videos from the International Women's Conference 2015 comes from Professor Rashida Manjoo.  In her keynote speech on 28 November 2015 she addressed the themes of feminism, women's rights, and international law.

"Women Fighting Back: International Legal Perspectives" Panel: Migrant and Refugee Women

In anticipation of the release of Socialist Lawyer 72 the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers will be bringing you over the next few days a series of videos from the conference, showcasing the panel discussions and the best of the workshop sessions. Find below the first of our sessions, on Migrant and Refugee Women.

Over the coming days we will bring you a new video daily. 

Next today: Keynote Speech of Rashida Manjoo.

Free Public Lecture: FREE HER! Women Political Prisoners

The Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers invites you to our next lecture in our Human Rights Lecture Series: Free Her!  Women Political Prisoners.

Download the poster (pdf).

6.30pm to 8.30pm at Basement Lecture Theatre (GSB01), School of Law, London Metropolitan University, 16 Goulston Street, London, E1 7TP. 
Closest tubes: Aldgate or Aldgate East.

Women Fighting Back: International and Legal Perspectives - CPD Available

Barristers can now obtain BSB approved CPD hours for the conference.  You will need to have already bought your ticket to the conference at the relevant price for your income. 

Our socialist and feminist commitment to supporting low-income members of the legal profession means that if you are on a low income and are unable to afford the full cost of CPD hours then we will be happy to agree a lower rate.  Please contact secretary@haldane.org to discuss this.

UPDATE: Ticket purchases have now closed.

Women Fighting Back: International and Legal Perspectives - Workshop Signup

Select Your Workshop Session

Attendees of the International Women's Conference 28-29 November 2015 will need to select their choices for the workshop sessions.  Nine or 10 workshops will run in each of the three sessions.  Attendees must make their selections on the form below by Friday 27 November 2015 at 17:00.  Please also provide us with any languages required for interpretation, and any other information we will need to be aware of on the day.

UPDATE: Registration has now closed and anyone not having signed up will need to sign up on Saturday or Sunday morning.

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Women Fighting Back: International and Legal Perspectives

International Conference in London 28-29 November 2015

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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 (100-116 London Road, London, SE1 6LN) 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
  • Austerity
  • Women in work
  • Migrant women
  • Climate change

We are delighted to announce the participation of:

  • Angela Davis (USA) - Distinguished Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments at the University of California. Founding member of Critical Resistance.
  • Rashida Manjoo (South Africa) - the immediate former (2009-2014) UN Rapporteur on Violence against Women, Professor in the Department of Public Law, Cape Town
  • 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 "Enforcing 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.

Programme[1]

Saturday 28 November 2015

09:00-10:00 Registration/Coffee

10:00-10:15 Welcome Note:

  • Liz Davies (UK)
    Vice President of the Haldane Society and Housing Rights Lawyer.

10:15-11:45 Panel Discussion: Migrant and Refugee Women

  • Louise Christian (Chair)
  • Dr Dorys Quintana Cruz (Cuba)
    Professor of International Law, University of Havana

11:45-12:00 Break

12:00-13:00 Workshop

13:00-13:45 Lunch

13:45-14:15 Keynote Session

  • Prof. Rashida Manjoo (South Africa)
    Former UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women (2009-2015)

14:15-15:45 Panel Discussion: Violence against Women

  • Elizabeth Gordon (UK)

15:45-16:00 Campaign for the ratification of the Istanbul Convention Action on violence against women and domestic violence (ELDH)

16:00-16:15 Break

16:15-16:30 Open Floor

16:30-18:00 Panel Discussion: Women in conflict and peace

  • Barbara Spinelli (Italy)
    Member of the Italian Association of Democratic Lawyers and Expert on Femicide/ Feminicide.

Evening: Cabaret at Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese, 145 Fleet Street with Scary Little Girls 

Sunday 29 November 2015

09:00-10:00 Registration/Coffee

10:00-11:30 Panel Discussion: The State and Women's Bodies

  • Gareth Peirce (Chair) 

11:30-11:45 Break

11:45-12:45 Workshop

12:45-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:00 Angela Davis (USA)
Distinguished Professor Emerita in the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies Departments at the University of California. Founding member of critical resistance.

14:00-15:00 Workshop

15:00-15:15 Break

15:55-16:45 Panel Discussion: Women in work

  • Yasmine Bennamanii and Zouzou Hadjer Zahida (Algeria)
    Lawyers

16:45-17:10 Open Floor

17:10-17:30 Closing Note Jeanne Mirer (USA)
President of IADL, founding board member of the International Commission for Labour Rights.

[1] N.B. This is a draft programme and may be changed.


Participate

There are different pricing levels for students, those on a low income, and those on high incomes.  Requests for complete exemption from paying for those on benefits can be made to feminism@haldane.org.

Early bird tickets have all been sold, and tickets are now being sold at their full price.  Ticket sales will cease at 17:00 on 27 November 2015.  After this time if you want to try to reserve a ticket then please contact membership@haldane.org.

When you purchase your ticket you will not receive a paper or electronic ticket: if you have received an acknowledgment email from PayPal then your name is on the guestlist which will be on the door.

Top-up tickets with CPD accreditation for barristers are available here.

The deadline for booking childcare has passed.  However, if this will cause you a problem then please let secretary@haldane.org know.

Please let secretary@haldane.org know if you do not speak English, French or Spanish.

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UPDATE: Ticket purchases have now closed.


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