Women & Constitutional Futures: Gender Equality Matters in a New Scotland

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The third event of the 'Constitutional futures: Gender equality matters in a new Scotland' series was held at the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 14 and 15 February 2013. It asked why should women care about constitutional debates? What would an inclusive process and women "friendly" constitution look like? Does focusing on constitutional remedies deflect attention from pressing issues? How can we use existing constitutional and legal frameworks more effectively and creatively to promote women's empowerment and gender equality, including equal political representation and women’s human rights? We draw upon international experience and lessons learned to date in Scotland and the UK to address these important issues. Speakers included: • Thor Gylfason, Chair of the Icelandic Constitutional Project, “crowd-sourcing” constitutional reform • Georgina Waylen, Professor of Politics, University of Manchester, international expert on gender and constitutional reform • Alan Miller, Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission • Niki Kandirikira, Director of Engender • Monica McWilliams, Founder member Northern Ireland Women’s Coalition • Christine Bell, Professor of Constitutional Law and feminist legal scholar, University of Edinburgh This seminar was jointly organized with the Scottish Constitutional Futures Forum, a consortia of Scottish Law Schools http://www.scottishconstitutionalfutures.org
Period14 Feb 201315 Feb 2013
Event typeConference
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map