Equality: It's All in the Family: Film Screening and Panel Discussion on Family Law

Please join us in launching WLP's global advocacy campaign for our multi-country initiative, Family Law Reform to Challenge Gender Based Violence. We invite you to watch the premiere of our new documentary film and join our discussion on the impact of discriminatory family laws on women and societies around the world. 


Date: Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Location: Kenney Auditorium, Johns Hopkins SAIS. 1740 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036. Click here for directions.

Registration encouraged (click here to register). Registered participants will receive a light lunch during the welcome reception.

Admission is free and open to the public.


11:30 Welcome reception and light lunch for registered participants.

12:00 Introduction and greeting by WLP President and CEO Mahnaz Afkhami.

12:15 Film screening of WLP's new documentary on family law.

12:45 Panel discussion on the current state of family law around the world. Panelists to include Karima Bennoune (Algeria/USA), Yakin Ertürk (Turkey), Ann Mayer (USA), Joy Ngwakwe (Nigeria), and Jacqueline Pitanguy (Brazil).

2:00 Q&A session open to attendees.

2:15 Closing remarks.

2:30 Book signings with Karima Bennoune and Yakin Ertürk.



Karima Bennoune (Algeria/USA) is the United Nations Special Rapporteur in the Field of Cultural Rights and a professor of international law at the University of California–Davis School of Law. She is the author of Your Fatwa Does Not Apply Here: Untold Stories from the Fight Against Muslim Fundamentalism, which won the Dayton Literary Peace Prize in 2014. Her TED talk based on the book, "When People of Muslim Heritage Challenge Fundamentalism," has been viewed more than 1.3 million times.  Bennoune has appeared regularly as a commentator on CNN, MSNBC, NPR, and BBC radio, and has written for The New York Times and Reuters. 

Yakin Ertürk (Turkey), is the Research Director for WLP's Family Law Reform initiative. She received a PhD in development sociology from Cornell University in 1980 and served as a faculty member at the Department of Sociology, Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey from 1986 through 2010. She has held numerous international human rights mandates including Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women (SRVAW) (2003-2009), where she undertook 17 fact finding missions to various countries; received complaints regarding violations of women’s human rights from around the world; and prepared thematic reports on violence against women, its causes and consequences for submission to the Human Rights Council of the United Nations. Her book on violence against women, Violence without Borders, was published in English as part of WLP's translation series.


Ann Mayer (USA) is an expert in international human rights law and a former Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She earned a PhD in History from the University of Michigan, a Certificate in Islamic and Comparative Law from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania. Her research areas include Islamic law in contemporary Middle Eastern and North African countries and international human rights law, with emphasis on women’s international human rights. Mayer has worked regularly with women’s human rights activists and human rights NGOs from Muslim countries in addition to participating in human rights conferences around the globe. She has published extensively in journals and edited collections. Recently, the fifth edition of her book Islam and Human Rights has been translated into Persian.

Joy Ngwakwe (Nigeria) is the Founder and Executive Director of WLP's Nigeria partner, Center for Advancement of Development Rights (CEADER). Joy's work as a social entrepreneur spans nearly two decades, during which she has worked with human rights and women’s human rights organizations as a community mobilizer, women’s human rights activist, researcher and training facilitator. She also has carried out several local and international research projects on women's economic and social rights status. Joy has written and published articles and research reports in both local and international journals, covering topics including women’s economic and social rights in Nigeria, the impact of HIV/AIDS, and gender-based violence in Nigeria, among others. Joy has facilitated and trained diverse groups of women at both regional and local levels on topics such as gender, leadership, political participation, and health as a human right.


Jacqueline Pitanguy (Brazil) is the Founder and Executive Director of WLP's Brazil Partner, Cidadania, Estudo, Pesquisa, Informaco e Acao (CEPIA). She held a cabinet position in the Brazilian government as President of the National Council for Women's Rights (1986-1989), where she designed and implemented public policies to improve women's condition in Brazil. She serves on a number of international boards including Inter-American Dialogue, UNESCO's Institute for Education, Society for International Development, the Global Fund for Women, and the Carter Center's International Human Rights Council. She is also on the editorial board of several health journals and has published numerous articles and co-authored four books. She has been awarded the Medal of Rio Branco, the highest decoration of the Brazilian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.





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