International Meeting of Lawyers, June 2001

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The International Meeting of Lawyers that took place in Nairobi in June 2001 was organized by the Africa Regional Office of Equality Now and featured a presentation of sex equality theory by Professor Catharine MacKinnon. The goal of the meeting, which was chaired by Judge Navanethem Pillay, then President of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and currently a judge of the International Criminal Court, was to bring together theoretical concepts and practical realities to strategize innovative ways of litigating for sex equality internationally on behalf of women and girls. Lawyers from 23 countries including Brazil, Bangladesh, Cameroun, China, Ethiopia, Hungary, India, Japan, Jordan, the Philippines, Tunisia and Zimbabwe attended this meeting and participated in panels on Rape, Domestic Violence, Trafficking in Women, Reproductive Rights, Sexual Harassment and Property Rights. In addition to discussion of theory, practice, and strategy, the meeting included a day of activism in which delegations of the lawyers visited a number of embassies to advocate the repeal of discriminatory laws.