Presenting at Women Deliver 2016: Gender-sensitizing the international torture protection framework

On May 17 (6-8pm) I’ll be presenting on a high-level panel on the international legal framework to prevent violence against women and girls.  The side event will be held concurrent to the Women Deliver 2016 plenary, this year in Copenhagen. The theme of the panel – gender and the torture framework – was inspired by the latest report by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, who will present at the event. It highlights the huge role that gender stereotyping plays in the downplaying of suffering of women, girls and those from LGBTI groups – to the extent that state-led or condoned crimes against them are commonly considered secondary to full ‘torture’. The session will also consider whether we need a binding convention, specifically tailored to the prevention of VAWG, as proposed by former UN Special Rapporteur on VAWG, Rashida Manjoo. As the lead researcher of a multi-country study into 11 women’s prisons, I’ll present the voices of the women I met inside these facilities, to explain the study’s key findings and recommendations – with particular focus on preventing and responding to the forms of gender-based violence that operate as a cause, consequence and condition of incarceration for women. I’ll be joined by Professor of Feminist Legal Studies,  Jackie Jones, a late replacement for original panelist, Rashida Manjoo, and Jordanian activist Eva Abu Halaweh. Find us at the Bella Center, auditorium 10. The full write up for the event is here.  See the UN SRT Report: Don’t Downplay Gender Violence.