The Institute of Government and Public Affairs in partnership with the European Union Center and the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program, invites faculty and administrators within the University of Illinois System to a presentation on international structures on the prevention of violence against women and the promotion of equality for women on Tuesday, February 7, 2023 from 2-3 PM CST, in person and virtually.
This event is held in partnership with the European Union Center and the Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program. The discussion will be led by two women who are experts in gender discrimination and are working in high-profile roles on these issues at the United Nations.
Melissa Upreti is an internationally recognized human rights lawyer and feminist activist who has spent over two decades advancing gender equality by using national, regional, and international law and mechanisms, and engaging with governments to ensure accountability. She has led mega-research projects and fact-finding missions, undertaken strategic litigation, built the capacity of civil society organizations and provided technical support to governments for legal and policy reform. She frequently lectures on women’s rights and is widely published. Upreti was appointed to the UN Working Group on discrimination against women and girls, a Special Procedure of the Human Rights Council, in 2017 and served as Chair of the Working Group from 2021-2022. She is also a Fellow in the University of Toronto Law Faculty's International Reproductive and Sexual Health Law Program.
Ruth Halperin-Kaddari is an expert on family law and international women's rights, and is the Founding Director of the Rackman Center for the Advancement of the Status of Women at Bar-Ilan University Law Faculty in Israel, where she serves as a Professor. In December 2018 she completed three terms (twelve years) on the UN Committee on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), during which she also served twice as the Vice-Chair of the Committee, and as the first Chair of the Working Group on Inquiries. A graduate of Yale Law School (LL.M.; J.S.D.), she has published extensively in her areas of expertise, including a book on Women in Israel that was published by University of Pennsylvania Press.
This is a hybrid event offered on Zoom and at IGPA's Chicago Office at 1253 S. Halstead, Chicago, IL 60607. For in person attendees, information will be provided regarding parking and building entry after registration. For virtual attendees, the Zoom link will be sent after registration.