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Virtual NGO CSW68 Forum (2024)

Women Judges and Inclusive Justice Systems

Monday, March 11, 2024, 12:30 PM–2:00 PM EDT | Virtual

In English with simultaneous interpretation for Dari

Celebrate the International Day of Women Judges on March 10 by joining us for an engaging discussion with women judges who will share inspiring stories, practical insights, and reflections from their experiences on the bench. The panelists will delve into the critical importance of independent judiciary, the safety and security of women judges, collaborations with support services for victims, and actions to build more inclusive and equitable justice systems for everyone.

This panel is organized by the ABA Representatives and Observers to the United Nations in collaboration with the ABA Center for Global Programs, ABA Rule of Law Initiative, and ABA Center for Human Rights, and with appreciation to the ABA Judicial Division.

Opening Remarks:

Mary Smith, ABA President

Introduction:

Steven Richman
ABA Representative to the United Nations 

Moderator:

Hon. Heather A. Welch (ret.)
Chair-Elect, ABA Judicial Division

Panelists:

Hon. Michelle Childs
United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

Hon. Anisa Rasooli
Former President of the Court of Appeal Serious Crimes of Corruption (Afghanistan); Senior Advisor, Afghan Women Judges Association

Hon. Sarah Wheelock
Minnesota Court of Appeals

Closing Remarks:

Renee Dopplick
ABA Deputy Representative to the United Nations 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://americanbar.zoom.us/j/94080147744

Women's Legal Empowerment and Access to Justice

Wednesday, March 13, 2024, 12:30 PM–2:00 PM EDT | Virtual

Explore innovative strategies and collaborative efforts aimed at fostering legal empowerment and overcoming barriers to justice so that women and girls can exercise their legal rights, seek access to justice, and live free from violence and fear. The event will shed light on the challenges women and girls face in accessing justice systems and will explore effective approaches and initiatives to empower them with the tools, knowledge, and resources to assert their rights, seek legal remedies for violations, and access support systems, particularly in cases of gender-based violence in public and private life.

This panel is organized by the ABA Representatives and Observers to the United Nations in collaboration with the ABA Center for Global Programs, ABA Rule of Law Initiative, and ABA Center for Human Rights, and with appreciation to the ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Commission on Women in the Profession, Civil Rights and Social Justice Section, and Young Lawyers Division.

Opening Remarks:

Mary Smith, ABA President

Moderator:

René Morency
ABA Representatives and Observers to the United Nations

Panelists:

Roula Allouch
Of Counsel, Bricker Graydon; Executive Board Chair, ABA Center for Human Rights (United States)

Gretchen Hunt
Director, Office for Women, City of Louisville, Kentucky; Community Liaison, ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence (United States)

Elizabeth Njambi
Founder, Wakili.Sha; One Young World Ambassador (Kenya)

Carole Painblanc
Council, Paris Bar Association [Avocats Barreau Paris] (France)

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://americanbar.zoom.us/j/97411451509

End Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls

Tuesday, March 19, 2024, 12:30 PM–2:00 PM EDT | Virtual

Violence against indigenous women and girls remains a serious human rights concern, perpetuating cycles of trauma and injustice within indigenous communities. Join us for this critical conversation on how to confront violence against indigenous women and girls, including the serious crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). Our esteemed panel of indigenous legal and justice professionals will describe actionable strategies to expand prevention efforts, strengthen legal protections, provide access to justice, and advocate for approaches to empowerment.

This panel is organized by the ABA Representatives and Observers to the United Nations in collaboration with the ABA Center for Global Programs, ABA Center for Human Rights, and ABA Rule of Law Initiative, and with appreciation to the Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, Commission on Women in the Profession, Judicial Division, Civil Rights and Social Justice Section, International Law Section, and Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources.

Opening Remarks:

Mary Smith (Cherokee Nation)
ABA President

Moderator:

Linda Benally (Diné Nation)
ABA Representatives Observers to the United Nations

Panelists:

Hon. Sarah Deer (Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma)
Chief Justice for the Prairie Island Indian Community Court of Appeals; University Distinguished Professor of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Indigenous Studies Program, University of Kansas

Makalika Naholowa’a (Kanaka Maoli/Native Hawaiian)
Executive Director, Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation;
President, National Native American Bar Association

Hon. Melissa L. Pope (Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi)
Chief Judge, Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Tribal Court

Lauren van Schilfgaarde (Cochiti Pueblo)
Assistant Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

 Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://americanbar.zoom.us/j/91887400320

Women's Leadership In Climate Action and Resilience

Thursday, March 21, 2024, 12:30 PM–2:00 PM EDT | Virtual

Climate-responsive approaches grounded in human rights and the rule of law can empower women, particularly marginalized and vulnerable women, to claim their rights and participate in sustainable development. If you are passionate about advancing gender equality and addressing climate change, join us for this engaging discussion about women’s leadership in addressing one of the most pressing challenges of our time–building a more resilient and sustainable future for all. Legal and justice professionals and climate resilience experts will highlight current initiatives in South and Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands to empower women’s leadership in climate action and resilience.

This panel is organized by the ABA Representatives and Observers to the United Nations in collaboration with the ABA Center for Global Programs, ABA Rule of Law Initiative, and ABA Center for Human Rights, and with appreciation to the Judicial Division, Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence, the Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, and the International Law Section.

Opening Remarks:

Mary Smith, ABA President

Moderator:

Kathleen Hom
ABA Representatives and Observers to the United Nations

Panelists:

Jadelee Marquez
Program Director for the Right to Resilience, ABA Rule of Law Initiative

Hon. Linda Strite Murnane
Associate Justice, High Court, Republic of the Marshall Islands

Mai Taqueban
Executive Director, Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center, Friends of the Earth Philippines

Closing Remarks:

Renee Dopplick
ABA Deputy Representative to the United Nations 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://americanbar.zoom.us/j/99436695790