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Strengthening the International Legal Framework for the Elimination of Violence Against Women: Opportunities and Gaps
Thursday, March 7, 2013 7:00 pm-8:30 pm

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What alterations or additions to the existing international legal instruments might be warranted in order to better address the problem of violence against women? A UN convention which focuses specifically on the issue? A protocol to an existing UN convention? Additional regional conventions? Recommendations and interpretations of existing UN conventions by elected or appointed bodies or commissions? Or something else entirely? Or are the existing international legal instruments satisfactory as they are? A renowned panel of experts will discuss these issues and, if any alterations or additions are warranted, suggest what they should be.

Moderator: Katlyn Thomas, Director, Women's Rights Project, Council on International Affairs

Speakers: Lakshmi Puri, Deputy Executive Director of UN Women; Marja Ruotanen, Director of Justice and Human Dignity at the Council of Europe; Ivan Simonovic, Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, UN, or Kyung Wha Kang, Deputy High Commissioner, at the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Sponsored by: Committee on United Nations, Ulysses S. Smith, Chair; Sex and Law Committee, Pam Zimmerman, Chair; African Affairs Committee, Christina Holder, Chair; Council on International Affairs, Bettina B. Plevan, Chair; International Human Rights Committee, Elisabeth Wickeri, Chair

Event Location: 42 West 44th St. (bet. 5th & 6th Ave.)