International Women’s Conference, Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th November 2015, London South Bank University, 103 Borough Road, SE1 0AA


Saturday 28 November 2015

09:30 – 10:00 Registration/Coffee
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. Marina Prentoulis (UK/Greece), University of East Anglia and member of Syriza
  • Dr. Rayah Feldman (UK), Chair Hackney Migrant Centre

12:00 – 12:15 Break

12:15 – 13:15 Workshop

13:15 – 14:00 Lunch

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 vice-president of the Council of Europe’s Group of Experts on Action against Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (GREVIO)
  • Nicolah Marshall (UK), Solicitor, International and Group Claims Department, Leigh Day
  • Elizabeth Gordon (UK)

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

16:15-16:30 Break

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

09:30 – 10:00 Coffee

10:00 – 10:30 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.

10:30 – 12:00 Panel Discussion: The State and Women’s Bodies

  • Police Spies Out of Lives (speaker TBC)
  • Sarah Ricca (UK)
  • Solicitor, Deighton Pierce Glynn
  • Mara Clarke (Ireland), Abortion Support Network

12:00 – 12:15 Break

12:15 – 13:15 Workshop

13:15 – 14:00 Lunch

14:00 – 15:00 Workshop

14:30 – 14:45 Break

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 Bennamani and Fessekh Amina (Algeria), lawyers
  • 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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