Advancing Women’s Access to Justice in Post-Conflict Reconstruction

Thursday, July 23
9:30am-10:45am EDT

Watch the virtual discussion:

With Opening Remarks by:

H.E. Lana Nusseibeh
UAE Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the U.N.

H.E. Jacqueline O’Neill
Canada’s Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security

Guest Speaker:

Ms. Pramila Patten
UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Sexual Violence in Conflict

Featuring a Panel Discussion with:

Dr. Sandie Okoro
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, World Bank Group and
Convenor, High-level Group on Justice for Women

Dr. Claudia Paz y Paz
Director, Mexico and Central America Program, The Center for Justice and International Law and Former Attorney General of Guatemala

Mr. Fazel Rahim
Gender Integration and Training Specialist, EnCompass LLC and
Former USAID/Afghanistan Gender Advisor

Moderated by Ambassador Melanne Verveer
Executive Director, Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security

Leading experts discussed the importance of strong and inclusive justice systems as critical to sustainable development and peace in post-conflict settings. Panelists considered strategies for increasing women’s meaningful participation in the justice sector and improving the implementation of gender-sensitive legislation, as well as shared lessons learned from contexts and interventions that have effectively increased access to justice and legal empowerment for women. They also addressed additional challenges posed by COVID-19 and areas for priority action.

Cosponsored by the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, The Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates to the United Nations, and The Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations