Women Confronting ISIS: Local Strategies and States’ Responsibilities

Friday, March 6, 2015 | 9:00am – 5:00pm

Dave Fields Auditorium
CUNY School of Law
2 Court Square
Long Island City, NY 11101

This Symposium offers a unique and timely opportunity to engage with locally-based Iraqi and Syrian women activists working across sectarian lines, as well as international experts to address the crisis of women’s human rights in areas controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Participants will explore the relationship between gender-based abuses under ISIS and State-sanctioned discrimination and violence against women, highlighting lessons for policymakers and women’s rights advocates in diverse contexts of political and armed conflict.

Sponsored by: The Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice, MADRE, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF), Nobel Women’s Initiative (NWI), the Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI)

Speakers Include:

Laila Alodaat, Chairperson of the Syria Justice and Accountability Center; WILPF

Amir Ashour, Iraqi Human Rights Activist; Iraq Human Rights Officer, MADRE

Charlotte Bunch, a Board of Governor’s Distinguished Service Professor in Women’s and Gender Studies; inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame

Radhika Coomaraswamy, former U.N. Under Secretary-General, Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict; Visiting Professor of Law at NYU Law School (invited)

Lisa Davis, Clinical Professor of Law, CUNY Law School; MADRE

Leisl Gernholtz, Executive Director, Women’s Division, Human Rights Watch

Jannat Al Ghezzi, Iraqi women’s Rights activist, Baghdad, Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI)

Camille Massey, Executive Director, Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice, CUNY

Yanar Mohammed, Founder and Director, Organization for Women’s Freedom in Iraq (OWFI)

Pramilla Patten, Vice-Chairperson of the UN CEDAW Committee (invited)

Oula Ramadan, Syrian Women’s Peace Activist; Member of the Badael project

Madeleine Rees, OBE, Secretary General, WILPF

Jacqui True, Professor, Monash University

Patricia Viseur-Sellers, former Gender Legal Advisor and a Prosecutor for the ICTY & ICTR

Yifat Susskind, Executive Director, MADRE; contributor, The W Effect: Bush’s War on Women

Nawal Yazeji, Syrian Women’s Peace Activist, Damascus; Member, Syrian Women’s League


CLE Credits provided by Community Legal Resource Network at CUNY School of Law

CLE credit will be offered only to those attorneys completing entire sessions; attorneys attending only part of a session are not eligible for partial credit. Attorneys arriving late are welcome to attend the program but will not be eligible for credit. Attorneys wishing to receive CLE credit must sign in the program’s attendance register prior to and following the CLE program; once a speaker begins the program, the sign-in sheets will be removed. Similarly, attorneys leaving the session early are also ineligible for CLE credit.

Financial Aid Requests

To request financial aid, please first email John-Paul Kocot at john-paul.kocot@law.cuny.edu. Do not register on this page. Financial aid details and registration instructions will be sent to you.

Cancellation Policy

CUNY School of Law reserves the right to cancel a program at any time. If CUNY School of Law cancels a program, you will receive a full refund.

Refund Policy

Full refunds are available, less a $5 processing fee, up to 48 hours before the program date. Requests for refunds must be made via email to John-Paul Kocot at John-Paul.Kocot@law.cuny.edu.

Refund requests made less than 48 hours before the program date will be refunded at 50% less a $5.00 processing fee.

No refund will be available if you cancel on the program date, if you do not show up, or if you leave a program early for any reason. No refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.

If you do not cancel and do not attend the program, a complete set of materials will be forwarded to you in consideration of the registration fee.

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Friday March 06

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Engage with locally-based Iraqi and Syrian women activists and international experts addressing the crisis of women’s human rights under the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)

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