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CFP from Queen's Uni Feminist Legal Studies: Deadline Nov15, conference Mar2-4

 

The great women of Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s (Kingston, Ontario) have put out this CFP for a conference in March 2011.  Have you been? Kingston is a great town for a visit.  There’s a lovely B&B and some excellent food.  The scale of the town and the Uni is lovely.  Ok, it’s cold in March, but literally no point bringing that up if you’re sitting in Toronto like me.

Women, the Charter, and CEDAW in the 21st Century:

Taking Stock and Moving Forward

March 2-4, 2012, Kingston Ont.

The Charter sex equality provisions were drafted in 1981, the same year Canada signed the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). How have women fared as these human rights guarantees have come into effect over the last thirty years? What accomplishments can now be counted on, and what challenges remain?

This symposium invites lawyers, academics in law and other disciplines, policy analysts, community activists, and students to submit proposals for panel discussions and papers that assess the state of contemporary women=s equality in Canada and other jurisdictions at the national, regional, and international levels. The goal of this symposium is to identify emerging priorities and examine strategies that are most likely to promote substantive sex equality in the rapidly changing social, political, and economic circumstances of today.

Proposals and papers are invited on these issues, and on any others added by participants —

* Women in paid work: barriers, rewards, and challenges

* Violence against women, disappearing women, and government responses

* Indigenous women=s issues: economic, social, and political

* Arctic and northern women: geography, culture, and equality

* Immigration and refugee law, public safety deportations, and federal policy

* Disabled women=s rights

* Education and sex/gender: for whom does education pay, and how much?

* Racialization and gender in legal policy

* Religion, feminism, and human rights

* Women in corrections systems

* Maternal mortality, health care, and reproductive rights

* Women and economic crisis: gender and recessions, unequal safety nets, social costs

* Pay equity, equal pay, and equality: how are women faring?

* Gender mainstreaming, gender budgeting, and fiscal equality

* International relations, militarism, and democracy

* Lesbian, bisexual, and trans women B rights and responsibilities

* Women in sports: funding, safety, competition constraints, and >legacy= planning

* Prostitution, Bedford, and beyond

* Sex/gender and economic security, property, wealth, and subsistence

Call for papers:

Submissions grounded in public policy, domestic or international law, sociology, economics, health/medicine, foreign affairs, women=s/gender studies, Aboriginal studies, development, gender/sexualities, accounting, environmental, human rights, or political studies are sought.


Date and location:

The symposium will be held at Queen=s University Faculty of Law, Kingston, Ont. on

Friday March 2 through early afternoon Sunday March 4, 2012.

Submitting paper topics:

If you are interested in presenting a paper or organizing a panel on specific issues, please email your proposal and a short (one paragraph) description to Bita Amani at amanib@queensu.ca or Kathleen Lahey at kal2@queensu.ca.  This can be sent any time until Nov. 15, 2011. Participation will be confirmed by Nov. 25, 2011.

 

Travel funding:

When submitting paper or panel proposals, please indicate whether you would be able to obtain institutional support to attend, or whether you could attend only if you receive funding from Feminist Legal Studies Queen=s.

 

Registration:

Attendance without presenting a paper is welcome, as the goal is to discuss a wide variety of equality issues. Contact the organizers to indicate interest and obtain registration information. Special funding from the Law Foundation of Ontario, which is funding this symposium, has been provided to assist students to attend.

 

Accommodation and child care:

Information on accommodation will be provided on request. Anyone wanting child care should mention that from the outset so appropriate arrangements can be made.

 

 

For further information, contact either C

 

Prof. Bita Amani Co-director,

Feminist Legal Studies Queen=s Faculty of Law Queen=s University Kingston Ont.

amanib@queensu.ca

 

Prof. Kathleen Lahey Co-director, Feminist Legal Studies Queen=s Faculty of Law Queen=s University Kingston Ont.

kal2@queensu.ca

 

Guide to CEDAW (Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women) Optional Protocol

The Australian Human Rights Commission has posted Mechanisms for advancing women’s human rights: A guide to using the Optional Protocol to CEDAW and other international complaint mechanisms.

This is a practical guide for lawyers, advocates and women experiencing violations of their rights on how to use the Optional Protocol to CEDAW and other international complaint mechanisms to seek redress for alleged violations of women’s human rightscover

 

The guide provides lawyers, advocates and women experiencing violations of their rights with an introduction and a practical guide on how to use the Optional Protocol to CEDAW and other alternative protective mechanisms at the international level. This guide is an important educative tool for progressing gender equality in Australia.

 

Final hat tip this month, promise, to the amazing list serv from the Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Programme at U of T: REPROHEALTHLAW-L

Call for Papers: Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s – Women and Equality

Profs Kathleen Lahey and Bita Amani of Feminist Legal Studies Queen’s are hosting a one day workshop October 23.2010.

Participation is being decided on a rolling basis, but send in your proposal by September 25.2010

October in Kingston = fabulous. Here are the details:

Prof Kathleen Lahey, Queen's Law
Prof. Bita Amani, Queen's Law

Women and Equality: Gender-based Analysis, Law, and Economic Rights

Sex equality in the 21st century:

Long before the 2008 global economic crisis occurred, women in large economies began to see the promise of equality eroding. ‘Crisis’ policies have done nothing to reverse that trend. A decade ago, Canada and the US were ranked first and third on the UN gender-related development index; by 2009, they had already fallen to fourth and nineteenth respectively, and are ranked even lower on equality-specific indexes (e.g., 25 and 31 on the World Economic Forum index, 74 and 105 on the UN gender disparity measure). Similar patterns can be seen in the UK and many European countries.

At the same time, countries such as South Africa continue to demonstrate that ‘feminism works’ as they accelerate their movement toward increased sex equality. For women in those countries, the question is still ‘when will women achieve equality?’ But for growing numbers of women, the question is now becoming ‘will women ever achieve equality?’

This workshop will examine current developments affecting the status of women with particular concern for legal, economic, and equality rights. What role do race, immigration status, Aboriginal heritage, education, family composition, and other factors play in shaping the current issues facing women? Can specific roadblocks to the attainment of further equality be identified? Are there better policies that governments can enact?  What role have neoliberal, neoconservative, and economic ‘crisis’ politics played? Can international obligations such as the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women counter such politics? And how are emerging environmental, security, budgetary, and regulatory issues affecting women as compared with men?

Call for papers:

This workshop invites paper and panel submissions on equality issues grounded in law, public policy, economic rights, international and transnational gender studies, foreign affairs, health/medicine, women’s studies, and other multidisciplinary studies.

Date and location:

The conference will be held at Queen’s University Faculty of Law, Kingston, Ont. on

Saturday October 23, 2010, with an informal reception/discussion on Friday evening.

Submitting paper topics:

If you are interested in presenting a paper at this conference, or in organizing a panel on specific issues, please email your proposal and a short description to Bita Amani at amanib@queensu.ca or Kathleen Lahey at kal2@queensu.ca.  This can be sent any time until approximately September 25, 2010. Participation is being confirmed on a rolling basis.