Equality Now Event Calendar: What's Happening Now

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57th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR)
4 – 18 November 2015 | Banjul, Gambia

Flavia Mwangovya, SOAWR/Discrimination in Law Program Officer, and Sofia Rajab-Leteipan, Trafficking Program Officer, are representing Equality Now at ACHPR meeting and its preceding NGO forum. Ms. Mwangovya will deliver Equality Now’s and SOAWR’s statements on the human rights situation for women and girls in Africa. Equality Now will also host two side events, one on how to make effective submissions to the African Union and the other on sex trafficking in Africa.

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Stanford Law School Panel on California’s Prostitution Laws
11 November 2015 | 5:30pm – 9:00pm
Stanford, CA USA – Private event

Shelby Quast, Director of the Americas Office, will provide insights on the Nordic Model  approach – targeting demand – to ending the exploitation of women in the commercial sex trade. Hosted by the Stanford Criminal Justice Centre, Stanford's Feminist Gender and Sexuality Studies and Women at Stanford Law, the panel focuses on California’s existing prostitution and solicitation laws and how they could be reformed to better address efforts to end sex trafficking and exploitation.


On the Road with Gloria Steinem and Melissa McCarthy 
12 November 2015 | Los Angeles, CA USA
The Theatre at Ace Hotel | 5:00pm VIP reception, 7:00pm event

Anglophone Regional Lawyers Training
16 – 20 November 2015 | Nairobi, Kenya

Equality Now and the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights (SOAWR) Coalition will host a training for lawyers from East Africa, Nigeria, Liberia and South Africa on the effective use of the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa (Maputo Protocol) in litigation. Targeted sessions addressing harmful traditional practices, such as ‘child marriage’ and female genital mutilation will also be featured at the training.

TrustWomen Annual Conference
Day 1: Everyday Sexism, Everyday Voices
17 November 2015 | 18:45 - 20:00
London, England

Brendan Wynne, Media Relations Manager, takes the stage with a prominent group of actors, activists, film makers and government officials at a Special Evening Event during Trust Women's popular annual conference. Put on by the Everyday Sexism Project, he will give a male perspective on sexism.

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Rape Crisis England & Wales Annual Conference
24 November 2015 | 11:00am – 12:00pm
Birmingham, England

Jacqui Hunt, Europe Office Director, will deliver a keynote address on ‘Rape Crisis in a Global Context’ on the second day of the conference. She will present the initial findings of the survey on global sexual violence laws conducted by Equality Now in partnership with the International Bar Association and other organizations encompassing more than 80 jurisdictions worldwide. Following her speech will be a discussion on how to improve the implementation of rape laws.

International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) Annual Conference
Achieving Gender Equality In Political Processes: Lessons for Africa
24 – 29 November 2015 | Diani, Kenya

Jane Serwanga, AGLDF/SOAWR Project Manager-Africa, will lead a panel discussion for East African judges on women’s equal representation in political process. Hosted by the ICJ’s Kenya Chapter, the conference brings together legal professionals, scholars and activists from across Africa and Europe to discuss pertinent issues and emerging trends on human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Africa.

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A Service of Thanksgiving for the Life and Work of Efua Dorkenoo, OBE (1949-2014)
26 November 2015 | 12:00 – 13:00
London, England

The life and work of our dear friend and colleague, Efua Dorkenoo OBE, will be remembered and celebrated at a special memorial service at Westminster Abbey. Efua, who passed away on 18 October 2014, was an extraordinary woman who made an enormous contribution to the movement to end female genital mutilation in the UK and around the world.

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The African Girls’ Summit on Ending Child Marriage
26 – 27 November 2015 | Lusaka, Zambia

Grace Uwizeye, FGM Program Officer, will represent Equality Now at this inaugural conference organized by the African Union Commission. High level Member State representatives and UN dignitaries, women and girls, and civil society organizations will be in attendance to address methods for increasing awareness of the effects of ‘child marriage’ across the continent and to accelerate efforts to end this human rights violation. 

Learn more here.