The LAW Project

Printer-friendly versionSend to friend

Equality Now established The Lawyers’ Alliance for Women (LAW) Project to support women around the world who are increasingly using the law to promote equality rights for women. The LAW Project was created following an International Meeting of Lawyers in Nairobi in June 2001.

In November 2001, The LAW Project organized a workshop on the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). Also in November 2001, Equality Now co-founder Jessica Neuwirth testified on behalf of The LAW Project at a hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on violence against women, organized by the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL). The LAW Project advised the Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women’s Rights (CLADEM) in its role as co-petitioner with CEJIL in the matter of MZ, a rape case from Bolivia found admissible by the Commission. In June 2002, The LAW Project filed an amicus curiae (PDF 212K) brief in the case (English and Spanish only).

Other LAW Project initiatives include:

  • Working with organizations in Mexico to submit a request to the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women to take action on the abduction, rape and murder of women in Ciudad Juárez and Chihuahua, Mexico.
  • Organizing African regional women’s organizations in a campaign to lobby for a strong Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa to protect and promote women’s rights in Africa.
  • Submitting amicus curiae briefs in cases dealing with discrimination against women.

The LAW Project was co-directed by Catharine MacKinnon, Professor of Law at the Universities of Michigan and Chicago Law Schools, and Jessica Neuwirth, former President of Equality Now.