Conference Addresses “Gender Equality: Voices from the Global South”
Event Date is Wednesday, April 6
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WASHINGTON, DC, April 4, 2016 – The U.S. Department of State, the Hubert Humphrey Fellowship Program, American University Washington College of Law, and the University of Minnesota Law School are hosting an innovative conference, Wednesday, April 6, 2016 that will bring together professionals, advocates, academics, public policymakers and practitioners working on women’s rights in the Global South. The conference – “Gender Equality: Voices from the Global South” – will provide the Humphrey Fellows from the Global South a space to share their experiences and challenges in ending gender-based discrimination in their countries, as well as their successful stories, proposals, and visions to end gender-based discrimination in their regions.
The conference, featuring introductions by Mala Adiga, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Academic Programs, U.S. Department of State and Claudio Grossman, Dean of American University Washington College of Law, will be followed by a workshop that will be held on the second day to discuss the common features of the Global South, as well as to formalize the creation of a Humphrey Alumni Network for Gender Equality for collaboration and future partnerships to promote democracy, human, and women’s rights values. (See the full agenda below)
The goal of the conference and workshop is to exchange knowledge, expertise and good practices among the Global South, to identify opportunities for cooperation and to establish the basis of an international network of Humphrey Alumni, advocates, and experts in the field of gender equality, to operate within the Humphrey Program platform and other US-based and international frameworks.
The Global South is a new terminology suggested by scholars from the academy referring to developing countries. This broad concept, which includes nations of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia and the Middle East, is a starting point to reflect on common challenges and identify common goals in the area of gender equality that could promote collaboration and cooperation among the Global South as well as with their colleagues from the Global North.
In 1896, American University Washington College of Law became the first law school in the country founded by women. More than 100 years since its founding, this law school community is grounded in the values of equality, diversity, and intellectual rigor. The law school's nationally and internationally recognized programs (in clinical legal education, trial advocacy, international law, and intellectual property to name a few) and dedicated faculty provide its JD, LL.M., and SJD students with the critical skills and values to have an immediate impact as students and as graduates, in Washington, DC and around the world. For more information, visit wcl.american.edu.
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