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Women’s Rights in Sub-Saharan Africa Are Focus of ABA Conference in Rwanda
WASHINGTON, D.C., March 12, 2012 — The advancement of women’s rights in Africa, and the obstacles and opportunities women face there will be the focus of the American Bar Association Section of International Law when it meets at the Kigali Serena Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda, on March 14.
“Rwanda has risen above its violent past to become a leader in the East African Community,” said Michael Burke, chair, ABA Section of International Law. “The country’s progress in the promotion of women’s rights and access to justice as well the advancement of women in the legal profession has proven Rwanda’s commitment to the rule of law.”
Leading women’s rights experts will analyze the current state of women’s rights on the continent in comparison with Rwanda’s progressive steps to promote women’s rights. The program will explore how continued monitoring and evaluation can contribute to the empowerment of women in Africa.
Session topics will include recent successes and challenges in women’s health issues, business and economic development, and access to justice. This program will conclude the Section of International Law International Legal Exchange program that took place in Dar es Salaam and Arusha, Tanzania, and Kigali, Rwanda.
The following programs are highlights of the meeting and feature experts from key posts within the Rwandan government and judiciary, educational institutions and legal community.
Session highlights include:
What are the Greatest Challenges Facing Women’s Rights in the East African Community Today, and How to Continue to Move Forward? (9 – 10:30 a.m.)
International Conventions and Their Enforcement – Can the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights, ICESCR, ICCPR, CRC and CEDAW Play a Role in the Advancement of Women’s Rights in Africa? (10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.)
Prioritization and Advancement of Women’s Rights – Can Rwanda be a Model of Success for the East African Community? (2 – 3 p.m.)
Providing Greater Access to Legal Institutions and Bettering Enforcement (3:45 – 5:15 p.m.)
There is no charge for media covering this event. For media credentialing and conference materials, or to interview speakers, please contact Christina Heid at +250 786 478028, Christina.Heid@americanbar.org or Betsy Adeboyejo at 202-661-1039, Betsy.Adeboyejo@Americanbar.org.
With nearly 400,000 members, the American Bar Association is the world’s largest voluntary professional membership organization. As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.
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