High-Level Roundtable on Women and Legislative Reform
March 10, 2017 - New York
On the eve of the Commission on the Status of Women’s 61st session in New York, Penn Law, UN Women, UNESCO, The UN Sustainable Development Goals Fund, and IDLO will convene leading women jurists, legislators, policymakers and advocates who have engaged in legislative and policy drafting in their countries for a high level roundtable hosted by the premier law firm of Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.
|Date||Friday, 10 March|
|Time/Venue||9:00-9:30am — Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz|
Begoña Lasagabaster, Chief of Leadership & Government
Saniye Gülser Corat, Director of the Division for Gender Equality
Paloma Durán, Director
Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Associate Dean of International Affairs
9:30-11:30am — Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
|Event||Panel 1 — Addressing Gender Discrimination|
Moderated by Begoña Lasagabaster, Chief of Leadership & Government, UN Women
Concluding Observations by Lashawn Jefferson, Deputy Director, Perry World House
1:30am-1:30pm — Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Panel 2 — Violence against Women
Moderated by: Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Associate Dean of International Affairs, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Concluding Observations by Alicia Pucheta de Correa, President of the Supreme Court of Justice in Paraguay
|Time/Venue||1:30-3:30pm — Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz|
|Event||Lunch Reception and Panel|
Opening Comments: Moushira Khattab
A Journey to Drafting the Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Law in Egypt: A Story of Strategic Advocacy and Building Bridges with Grassroots and Male Leaders
Ambassador Moushira Khattab, former Egyptian Ambassador to South Africa and Italy and former Minister for Family and Population, Egypt
While examining the implementation of the laws, we will also explore some new reformist initiatives. In Egypt, certain proposed legislation on women includes a personal status bill as well as bills on domestic violence, human trafficking and municipal elections are in the pipeline.
The draft personal law disallows unilateral divorce and requires the presence of both parties to a divorce. It also provides that the alimony shall not be less than 25% of the husband’s income, and it allows for DNA testing to establish paternity.
The draft domestic violence law criminalizes marital rape and “girls’ sale”. Municipal elections law calls for the allocation of one quarter of the seats to youth under the age of 35 and another quarter for women.
Panel 3 — Personal Laws
Moderated by Haleh Esfandiari,former & founding Director of the Middle East Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Concluding Observations by Lina Abou-Habib, Executive Director, Women’s Learning Partnership
|Time/Venue||3:30-4:00pm — Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz|
Jodi Schwartz, Partner, Tax, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
|Time/Venue||4:00-5:00pm — Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz|