Equal in law and life: tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Equal in law and life: tribute to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Date: 
Thursday, December 10, 2020 - 09:00 to 11:30

The existing women’s leadership gap in formal spaces must change. As Justice Ginsburg so often highlighted, women are underrepresented in leadership positions, whether in politics, the civil service, the justice system, in private companies or other sectors. To fulfil the vision of the Beijing Platform for Action and to accelerate progress, the number of women in leadership must go up and the norms, regulations and standards around leadership must reflect greater diversity, inclusion and accountability. Within this framing, the Leaders for Generation Equality campaign will be welcoming over 200 global women leaders who will lend their voice, impact and power to Generation Equality and support outreach and mobilization for the Forum.

Format

  • 2.5 hour event on 10 December 2020, International Human Rights Day. 

  • Organized as two conversation circles set up as interactive dialogue sessions with an intergenerational cast of speakers. Speakers will not deliver prepared statements but rather be engaged in a moderated discussion by a skilled and expert moderator, familiar with the issues under discussion.

Opening discussion circle on women’s leadership in the law, followed by a discussion circle focusing on how interpreting equality provisions in national constitutions can strengthen equality in the law and practice in different country contexts.

  1. First Discussion Circle: Equality in Public Life – the role of women leaders in transforming law and life (9:00 am to 10:00 am ET) 

The session will highlight the role that leading women jurists, policy makers and law makers together with male allies can play in transforming the conditions towards full equality in society.

     2.  Second Discussion Circle: Equality in the law – how feminist interpretations of the law can promote equality in public and private spheres (10:00 am to 11:30 am ET) 

The session will highlight the role of national constitutions in supporting these concepts (family law; workplace equity; representation/voice/parity; bodily security and autonomy) in different contexts. Discussions will focus on how interpreting equality provisions in national constitutions can strengthen equality in the law and practice in different country contexts. The session will draw on this aspect of Justice Ginsberg’s judicial philosophy and legacy and highlight good practices.

All participants must register in advance using this Zoom link: https://unwomen.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_TPfPFx6bSXqi0HC5RkLWgw.

If you have any queries about the event, please reach out to: nadia.razali@unwomen.org.

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