Centre for Women's Justice: SW England Launch Event

20th April 2017 - 20th April 2017

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The Centre for Women’s Justice is a new Charity which aims to advance the human rights of women and girls in England and Wales by:

(1) Holding the state to account for failures to prevent violence against women and girls

(2) Challenging discrimination against women and girls in the criminal justice system

This event will bring together survivors, activists, women’s sector groups, academics and others concerned with violence against women and girls to explore with lawyers how to hold the state to account and challenge discrimination within the criminal justice system.

A series of panel discussions with opportunities to network and explore ideas for collaborative working:

9.45 - 10.15: Registration

10.15 -10:30: Introduction from Professor Phil Rumney of UWE Law school and Harriet Wistrich, founding director of Centre for Women’s Justice

10.30 - 11.30: The lawyers - how we can use the law to hold the state to account

  • Karon Monaghan QC, leading lawyer in public law, discrimination and human rights as well as part time judge and coroner, has acted for many women’s groups and individuals challenging discrimination and violence against women
  • Ugo Hayter, solicitor at Bristol firm, Deighton
  • Pierce Glynn specialising in challenges against public authorities in relation to detention, discrimination, destitution, international law and corporate accountability
  • Fiona McGhie, solicitor at Bristol branch of Irwin Mitchel specialising in actions against the police and public law challenges

Coffee

11.45– 13.00:  Up against it: Survivors and activists and their legal cases

  • ‘Lisa’ – one of eight women who were deceived by undercover police officers in intimate relationships and achieved an historic victory and public apology from the Metropolitan police
  • ‘Emily’ – survivor of serious domestic violence from her Cornish based police officer husband, whose colleagues covered up for him still searching for justice
  • Anira Khokhar – Bristol based woman who waived her anonymity to expose her ex- husband, a prominent member of the Pakistani community about failures by police and cps to hold him to account in relation to complaints she made of sexual violence
  • Stacey Hyde – Somerset based woman who spent five years in prison for killing a violent man who attacked her, she appealed her murder conviction and was acquitted at retrial

2.00 - 3.00: Knowledge base: understanding and perceptions – chair Finn Mackay

  • Professor Jackie Jones – professor of feminist legal studies, UWE, specialising in women’s rights, international human rights, human trafficking and violence against women
  • Geetanjali Gangoli of Bristol University Gender and Violence research group
  • Sarah Ditum, freelance journalist on the importance on how the media shapes percpetins of sexual violence and the role of the state
  • Jacci Parry, BBC documentary film maker on responsible broadcasting of case studies

3.00 - 4.00: From the frontline: identifying the challenges women face

  • Nimco Ali – co-founder of Daughters of Eve – campaigner and activist challenge Female Genital Mutiliation and violence against women and girls.
  • Yasmin Rehman with Dr Hannana Siddiqui – will talk on their ground breaking long term activism around violence against women and BME groups particularly in relation to honour based violence and challenging fundamentalism

More speakers to be confirmed from the Southwest of England specialist women’s sector

Tea

Plenary – how we collaborate to bring strategic litigation challenges and hold the state to account

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