Women, Peace & Security Inclusive Legal Frameworks: Empowering Women Through Rule of Law

Time Zone:

Eastern

Event Date:

22 Sep 2016
Location: 
B-340 Rayburn House Office Building

Join Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) for a discussion on “Inclusive Legal Frameworks: Empowering Women Through Rule of Law.”

Conflict is no longer just about armies and borders – it is about human security. Where there is inequality and discrimination, violence, poverty, lack of education, lack of economic opportunity, political oppression, extremism, corruption, environmental disasters, and other destabilizing factors, there is risk of conflict.

It is critical that laws address these issues and promote human security, rights, and the equality of all people. Women and men throughout the world have used post-conflict periods to reshape societies, rewrite the rules, and advance gender equality and women’s rights. “Inclusive Legal Frameworks” will examine best practices for using law to empower women and building inclusive legal systems for sustainable peace and security.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee will provide remarks, and the event will be moderated by Jessica Huber, IFES Senior Gender Specialist. Panelists include:

  • Julie L. Arostegui, J.D., International Human Rights, Gender and Security Advisor, JLA Consulting LLC
  • Lisa L. Davis, J.D., LL.M., Executive Director, International Association of Women Judges
  • Shelby Quast, Director, Americas Office, Equality Now

A light breakfast will be served.

Feel free to follow this event’s conversation on Twitter @IFES1987 and @IFESGender and by searching #UNSCR1325 and #HerVoteHerVoice.

The “Women, Peace and Security” breakfast series, hosted by Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), raises current issues affecting women and girls in conflict and illuminates their determination and leadership to find peace. Each conversation is framed in the context of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and the U.S. Government’s National Action Plan on 1325.