Events - June 2014

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Ratification Mission & Campaign follow up
9 – 12 June • Khartoum, Sudan

Discrimination in Law Program Officer, Kavinya Makau, and Regional Communications Officer, Ruth Njeng'ere, along with members of the Solidarity for African Women’s Rights Coalition and Sudanese women’s rights activists and organizations, are participating in an advocacy mission with Sudanese partner, Mutawinat, aimed at accelerating efforts to get Sudan – Africa’s largest nation – to ratify the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa (Protocol). The Protocol is one of the most progressive human rights instruments in the world, but despite being one of the first African countries to sign the Protocol, Sudan is one of 18 remaining African Union member states left to ratify it. Activities also include a two-day stakeholder workshop and meetings with key government officials.

While in Khartoum, Equality Now will also be following up on the campaign launched earlier this year to reform Sudanese laws to support victims of sexual violence instead of criminalizing them.

Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict
10 - 13 June • London, England

London Director, Jacqui Hunt, and Middle East/North Africa Consultant, Suad Abu-Dayyeh, are attending the largest ever gathering on the subject of sexual violence in conflict, with over 100 NGOs and international partners taking part alongside 48 Foreign Ministers and over 600 government delegates from 113 countries.

Learn more here. The summit will be webcast. #TimeToAct

FGM in the U.S. Press Conference
11 June • Washington, D.C., United States
Longworth House Office Building, 2:30pm (14:30h)

Senior Policy Advisor, Shelby Quast, joins female genital mutilation (FGM) survivor activist Jaha of Safe Hands for Girls and Representatives  Joe Crowley (D-NY ) and Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) in calling on the Obama Administration to conduct a new prevalence study on FGM to build a strong information base as the first step towards a comprehensive strategic action plan to end FGM in the United States.

Learn more here.

Hammer Lecture Series: Rachel Moran
17 June • Los Angeles, CA, United States
Hammer Museum, 7:30pm (19.30h)
Equality Now co-presents a lecture in this popular series by sex trade survivor, activist and author Rachel Moran of SPACE International. Moran speaks internationally on prostitution and sex trafficking and works in conjunction with Equality Now, the Coalition Against Trafficking in Women, the European Women’s Lobby and the Women’s Front of Norway to end the violent exploitation of women and girls. Following the lecture will be a panel and Q&A featuring Equality Now Policy Director Shelby Quast, Rachel Moran and attorney and women's rights activist, Sandra Fluke, moderated by Sarah Brokaw, best selling author, therapist/coach, and television commentator.

Learn more here. This event is made possible by a gift from the Smalley-Wall family.

Launch of the International Campaign to End Gender Discrimination in Nationality Laws
18 June • Geneva, Switzerland
Palais des Nations, 13h – 15h (1-3pm)
London Director Jacqui Hunt will moderate a panel of distinguished speakers from the UN Human Rights Council, the Permanent Missions of Kenya, Senegal and Tunisia, and from the Nepalese Forum for Women, Law and Development at this side event of the 26th session of the HRC. Equality Now is on the Steering Committee for the International Campaign to End Gender Discrimination in Nationality Laws.

Learn more here.

Equality Now and the Women’s Refugee Commission submitted a joint written statement on ‘Ending sex discrimination in citizenship and nationality laws’ (May 2014) to the Human Rights Council, and recently updated our report, Campaign to End Sex Discrimination in Nationality & Citizenship Laws.

Preventing Child Marriage and Early Pregnancy in India
19 June • Multi-City
New York, NY 9:00-11:00am EST / London, England 2:00-4:00pm BST / Mumbai, India 6:30-8:30pm IST
Legal Advisor, Antonia Kirkland, will be providing a legal perspective on child marriage and discussing Equality Now’s report, Protecting the Girl Child: Using the Law to End Child, Early and Forced Marriage and Related Human Rights Violations, at this multi-city Dasra and Thomson Reuters Foundation event.  Coinciding with the launch of Dasra’s report, Marry Me Later, Preventing Child Marriage and Early Pregnancy in India, a panel of experts, funders and policy makers will discuss how cross-sector partnerships can help to address child marriage in India. Three simultaneous gatherings in New York, London and Mumbai will be connected by telepresence.

Justice For Liz Rally
23 June • Busia, Kenya
Details TBC
In advance of the 24 June start of the Justice for Liz trial, Equality Now and our partners will hold a rally in support of Liz and all survivors of sexual violence in Kenya. Following the rally will be a community dialogue on the subject and a film screening of a documentary (in Kiswahili) on sexual violence in Busia County.

BBC Media Action symposium on adolescent girls
23 – 24 June
Details TBC

Efua Dorkenoo, Senior FGM Advisor for Equality Now and Programme Director of the End FGM/C Social Change Campaign, will present along with Equality Now’s Adolescent Girls' Legal Defense Fund Advisory Board Chair and Director at The Population Council, Judith Bruce, and speakers from Plan UK and UNICEF at this symposium. 

UN Women's Beijing+20 campaign launch
26 June • New York, NY United States
Apollo Theatre, 5 - 7pm (17h - 19h)

Equality Now Board Member & UK Trustee Gloria Steinem will speak at the launch of the UN Women's global campaign to mark the 20th anniversary of the World Conference on Women in Beijing (Beijing +20). Equality Now has been actively campaigning for the repeal of all sex discriminatory laws in line with commitments made in the Beijing Platform for Action in 1995, and will be issuing a new report in advance of the anniversary.

This public event will be attended by citizens, civil society, young people, eminent New Yorkers, senior political and UN leaders and senior diplomats.  Learn more here.