International Women’s conference
Date posted: 30 November 2015
Congratulations to the Haldane Feminist Lawyers and the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers for organising such a successful International Women’s conference on the weekend of 28th and 29th of November 2015.
The jam-packed two day event involved panel discussions, workshops and open floor sessions, with a wealth of speakers from a variety of backgrounds (both legal and non-legal), from all over the world, including Professor Rashida Manjoo, Frances Webber, and Angela Davis, to name but a few. Helen Steel was given a standing ovation.
Given the current media focus on migration, particularly topical were the discussions on migrant and refugee women and borders. But there was also great debate on a range of topics including violence against women, the state and women’s bodies, and women in work.
There was also discussion and analysis of the disproportionate impact of austerity on women; the dishonest appropriation of the language of women’s rights by politicians for their own purposes; and the growing international trend towards the idea of “gender neutrality” in human rights, which risks inhibiting progress in women’s rights.
Trainee solicitor Eleanor Simon described the event as: “fascinating and inspiring – it showed how vital and relevant it is for women and men to continue to fight for women’s rights in 2015 and beyond”.