When Home is Where the Harm is: Family Law Reform to Challenge Gender-Based Violence

In collaboration with the New School and in conjunction with CSW60

Event Details

  • Time


  • Date

    17 Mar, 2016

  • Location

    • The Auditorium at Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, The New School
    • 66 West 12th Street New York City, New York
  • Contact

    Kimberly Schor

Mahnaz Afkhami

Founder and President, Women’s Learning Partnership, and former Secretary General of the Women’s Organization of Iran and Minister of Women’s Affairs in Iran (Iran/USA)

Yakin Ertürk

Former UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women (Turkey)

Jacqueline Pitanguy

Founder and Executive Director of Cepia, and former President of the National Council for Women’s Rights (Brazil)

Kavita Ramdas

Senior Advisor on Global Strategy, Ford Foundation, and former President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women (India)

Anne Gahongayire

Former Secretary General of the Rwandan Supreme Court, and former Secretary General of the Ministry for Gender and Family Promotion (Rwanda)

Tolekan Ismailova

Director of Bir Duino Kyrgyzstan, and Founder and Director of the International Documentary Human Rights Film Festival One World (Kyrgyzstan)

Asma Khader

Former Senator in the Parliament of Jordan, and former Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women (Jordan)

On March 17, 2016, Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) will launch the first global campaign on family law reform to eliminate discriminatory laws against women in the family and challenge gender-based violence. The three-year research and advocacy campaign focuses on the relationship between articles of law and perpetration of violence against women and girls, and marks the launch of a new initiative supported by the International Development Resource Centre (IDRC), Ottawa, Canada. Leaders, government officials, and activists will convene for a panel discussion in conjunction with the 60th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW). 

The conference is a powerful engine for merging civil society and government policy-making for collective advocacy against gender-based violence. Topics of discussion will include necessary changes to legal systems, and root causes of social and cultural beliefs and practices that make reform and implementation of progressive laws challenging.

Co-sponsored by Gender and Sexuality Studies at The New School for Social Research and Ethics, Power and Justice at the Schools of Public Engagement


Watch When Home Is Where the Harm Is (video, part 1)

Watch When Home Is Where the Harm Is (video, part 2)

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