Women in the Justice system: House of Lords opens doors for free seminar

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*** Registration of attendance is required: please email your name and address to administrator@wwafe-women.org ***

Baroness Gould, life Peer and Head of the Women’s National Commission, is hosting a free and open WWAFE seminar this Wednesday 27th June in the House of Lords.

In what promises to be a fantastic event, both in terms of content and networking opportunities, there are a range of questions to be discussed:

Where do women fit in to the justice system as victims, survivors, practitioners, judges, and in law making? Why are women prosecuted as ‘false complainants’ whilst so few accused go to trial for rape and other violent offences against women? Women and girls are trafficked in increasing numbers: what role can the law play in ending this exploitation? Why are there so few women judges whilst women lawyers increase rapidly in numbers? Why aren’t women at the table when conflict resolution is discussed? Is UN Security Council Resolution 1325 on women’s participation in ending conflict being ignored?

There are a number of high profile speakers, including:

Professor Susan Edwards, University Dean of Research at Buckingham University, barrister, published author, Co-Director of the Centre for Multi-Cultural Studies in Law and the Family, and campaigner for Women’s International Human Rights.

Jennifer Drew, formerly the chair of Object, consultant to Scottish Women Against Pornography, and regular contributor to Global Sisterhood Network.

Piya Muqit, formerly the Children’s Legal Officer at Refugee and Migrant Justice, now the Children’s Law and Policy Officer at Freedom from Torture, and a prominent campaigner around the need to end child detention in UK immigration centres

Sarah Peters-Harrison, independent human rights and policy researcher, currently contributing to UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, recently held the position of Women’s Officer at Cambridge University.

There will be plenty of opportunity for audience contribution and one on one conversations, both with speakers and other attendees.

The event will run from 6pm until 8pm, but please arrive at the Cromwell Green entrance 15 minutes early to allow for security. Registration of attendance is required: email your name and address to administrator@wwafe-women.org

Any questions? Want more information? Please comment or contact kate.talbot@cantab.net, or administrator@wwafe-women.org

What is WWAFE?

WWAFE: Women Worldwide Advancing Freedom and Equality.

The first chair of WWAFE was Elizabeth Sidney, a lifelong equalities campaigner who was awarded an OBE for services to women. Remarkably intelligent, she was awarded a scholarship to Oxford aged 16. She finished her English degree in two years and then studied for a masters degree in Psychology from Birkbeck. She founded the Mantra Consultancy group in 1979, which counted the Bar Council and Marks and Spencer amongst their clients. Before becoming chair of WWAFE, she was president of the WLF, of the International Network of Liberal Women, a member of the UK Gender Export Group on Trade, and was a long standing board member of UNIFEM. Elizabeth sadly passed away in April 2011, aged 87.

The patron of WWAFE is now Baroness Gould. Aside from her work with WWAFE, Baroness Gould is the chair of the Women’s National Commission, president of the Family Planning Association, and vice-president of the Electoral Reform Society.

This year WWAFE’s events are centred around a seminar series taking place in the House of Lords. The first seminar, titled ‘The Parliament, The City & Civil Society: Women as Change Leaders’  was fully subsribed and a huge success. The next seminar is titled ‘Justice vs. Injustice: Women in the Justice system’ and will take place on June 27th 2012.

For more information please comment, contact kate.talbot@cantab.net, or email administrator@wwafe-women.org.