Equality Starts in the Family: Research and Advocacy for Change
WLP launched Feminist Advocacy, Family Law and Violence against Women: International Perspectives, on November 1, 2018 in conjunction with the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace, and Security (GIWPS).
Leading women's rights advocates from around the globe provided remarks on the status of discriminatory family laws and structures that perpetuate inequality and violence both in the home and in communities. An expert panel led a discussion around these issues, highlighting effective strategies for reform.
About the Speakers:
Melanne Verveer is the Executive Director of the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS). Ambassador Verveer most recently served as the first U.S. Ambassador for Global Women’s Issues, a position to which she was nominated by President Obama in 2009. President Obama also appointed her to serve as the U.S. Representative to the UN Commission on the Status of Women. Amb. Verveer also serves as the Special Representative on Gender Issues for the OSCE Chairmanship.
Mahnaz Afkhami is the Founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP) and former Secretary General of the Women's Organization of Iran and Minister for Women's Affairs. She is Executive Director of the Foundation for Iranian Studies. Her numerous publications include Muslim Women and the Politics of Participation, Women and the Law In Iran, Faith and Freedom: Women's Human Rights in the Muslim World, and Victories Over Violence.
Lina Abou-Habib is the Executive Director of WLP. She is the former Executive Director of WLP Lebanon/Collective for Research and Training on Development–Action (CRTD-A), and a former chair of the board of the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID). She is currently a MENA advisor for the Global Fund for Women and on the editorial board of Oxfam’s journal, Gender and Development. She holds an M.A. in Public Health from American University in Beirut.
Asma Khader is a leading human rights lawyer in Jordan and the founder and CEO for Sisterhood is Global Institute/Jordan (SIGI/J). She is the co-founder and leader of many Jordanian and Arab NGOs and a member of the Royal Commission for the Drafting of the Jordanian National Charter. Khader's national appointments include Minister of Culture (2003-2005); Minister of State and the official spokesperson for the Jordanian Government (2013); member of the Jordanian Senate (2013); Secretary General of the Jordanian National Commission for Women (2007-2014); and Commissioner at the Independent Election Commission (2014-2016).
Joy Ngwakwe is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Advancement of Development Rights (CEADER) in Nigeria. Her work as a social entrepreneur spans nearly two decades, during which she has worked with human rights and women’s rights organizations as a community mobilizer, activist, researcher, and training facilitator. She has carried out several local and international research projects on women's economic and social rights status, and has written and published articles and research reports in both local and international journals.
Madhavi Sunder is a Professor of Law at Georgetown University. She was named a Carnegie Scholar in 2006 and has been a Visiting Professor of Law at the Yale Law School, the University of Chicago Law School, and Cornell Law School. She has published articles in the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, the California Law Review, the Texas Law Review, and Law and Contemporary Problems, among others. Her book, From Goods to a Good Life: Intellectual Property and Global Justice, was published by Yale University Press in 2012.
This event is part of WLP’s global advocacy effort, the Equality Starts in the Family campaign, carried out in close partnership with GIWPS, UN Women, Global Fund for Women, and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) of Canada.