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Challenging discrimination against women: Using CEDAW to hold Government to account
The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), adopted in 1979 by the UN General Assembly and signed by the UK in 1981, is often described as an international bill of rights for women. It defines what constitutes discrimination against women and sets up an agenda for national action to end such discrimination.
In July 2013, the UN will examine the UK government's delivery on its CEDAW commitments. Join this seminar to:
Hear Professor Niklas Bruun, UN CEDAW Committee, speak about ‘The CEDAW Committee´s mandate and working methods: Reflections on the Member State´s obligations relating to the reporting process.’Discuss the problems of access to justice for women and children experiencing domestic and sexual violence with an expert panel.Learn more about why CEDAW matters for Scottish women’s equality.
When? 12.30 – 4.00pm on Monday 18 March 2013
Where? Radisson Hotel, 80 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1TH
Who should attend?
You should come along if you work for a woman’s organisation, project or network or if you are an activist who is interested in campaigning about discrimination against women.
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On 15 May 2012, the Home Secretary announced a review of the Public Sector Equality Duty (PSED), as part of the outcome of the Red Tape Challenge spotlight...
.... "The Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) does not know if any VCS organisations have been asked to submit evidence to the review, nor if any deadlines for the receipt of evidence have been set. However, EDF would encourage anyone with views about the equality duty to submit evidence of their views to the Equality Duty Review Steering Group and to the Government Equality Office by early April 2013."
This event will comprise of two workshops, the first of which will take place in Edinburgh on 18th March and the second in Glasgow on 1st May. The events have been organised collaboratively by The Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum, the Human Rights Consortium Scotland, the Glasgow Human Rights Network, and the Glasgow Refugee, Asylum and Migration Network and is supported by the Thomas Paine Initiative.
'Human Rights and Scotland's Constitutional Future: Where we are now? Human Rights and the Independence Debate'
Monday 18th March 2013, 10.15am - 3.45pm
School of Law, University of Edinburgh
This is the first of two seminars that aim to examine how the independence debate and the question-mark it has placed over Scotland's constitutional future influence human rights protections, by creating a dialogue between academics, practitioners, and civil society. More specifically, this seminar will evaluate the uncertain world of human rights protection across the UK as a whole, learning from the difficulty of implementing new rights provisions in Northern Ireland, in particular. Human Rights in Scotland will be considered in the light of recent developments, with a mapping of the rights implications of different possible constitutional outcomes: the status quo of devolution (that is capable of on-going development); increased devolution; and independence. The purpose of this seminar will be to provide information on key legal issues, to place human rights in Scotland within a broader UK and international perspective, and to draw upon the experience of, and feedback from, participants to inform the second seminar which will take place in May 2013. Please find the programme attached. This is an invitation only event. If you would like to attend, please register to receive an invitation for the Scottish Parliament at the link below. Please note that the number of places for the event is limited and they will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis: http://scffevent.eventbrite.com/# Due to venue specifications, this event will require the submission of a guest list with the names of all those who have registered, and you will be asked to present your invitation on arrival. We would be very grateful if you could inform us if you have registered and will not be able to attend, or if someone else from your organisation can attend in your place, as numbers are limited and we want to facilitate the largest attendance possible. If you need to contact us or require any additional information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with 'Human Rights and Scotland's Constitutional Future' in the subject-matter line. This seminar will be followed by the Ruth Adler Human Rights Lecture, 'Using comparative constitutionalism in human rights discourse: Ireland's past and Scotland's future', given by Professor Christopher McCrudden (Queen's University Belfast) on the same date (Playfair Library, Old College, 6pm), to which you are also invited. Please email email@example.com with 'Adler lecture' in the subject-matter line if you would like to attend.
'The Human Rights Question: What sort of Scotland, and what sort of future?'
Wednesday 1st May 2013, 10.00am - 4.00pm
Glasgow City Chambers
How do the independence debate, and the question-mark it has placed over Scotland’s constitutional future, influence human rights protections? Will the debate provide opportunities to further promote and protect human rights, will it provide new threats to human rights, or is it largely an irrelevance or even a distraction from the day-to-day work of those organisations who work for the rights of particular constituencies?
This seminar will examine how those involved in civil society groups are working to promote and protect rights, and consider the extent to which the referendum context affects this work. The seminar will consider questions such as: whether groups conceive of, and articulate their work in human rights terms, or in other terms? To what extent are human rights issues seen as important to the constitutional debate? Are human rights particularly served by one constitutional future or another? How might human rights be useful to articulating a vision of the future that might inform constitutional development in Scotland, whether through an on-going development of devolution, or an alternative constitutional future?