The KL Bar Professional Development Committee ("PDC") and the Association of Women Lawyers (AWL) have jointly scheduled the above Seminar on Wednesday, 26 August 2015 from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm at the KL Bar Auditorium, 4th Floor, Wisma Hangsam, No.1, Jalan Hang Lekir, 50000 Kuala Lumpur.
Equality of Opportunity and Equality of Results: The CEDAW Framework. The Convention on the on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) provides a unique set of standards for the realisation of the human rights of women. Its main intention is the dual agenda of the elimination of discrimination against women and the fulfillment of women’s right to equality. While law and policy measures have been in place at the domestic level, with the intention of eliminating discrimination on the basis of sex, legal frameworks for the fulfillment of women’s right to equality have been inadequate. This speaks to the classic dichotomy between ‘negative’ and ‘positive’ duties of the State. Besides, the legal norms at domestic level have also been supportive of a dichotomy between what realms can and should be regulated and what should not be regulated, compelling the State to take a laissez faire attitude in certain contexts. This is the other dichotomy between the private and public spheres. These norms and legal traditions are in conflict with State obligations under CEDAW and its principle of substantive equality. The presentation will discuss these conflicts and provide illustrations of the obligations of the State under CEDAW using its jurisprudence emerging from the cases brought by women to CEDAW under its Optional Protocol.
About the Speaker
Shanthi Dairiam is a Malaysian human rights and women's rights activist, advocating women’s right to equality and non-discrimination for the last 35 years. She is the founder of the International Women’s Rights Action Watch- Asia Pacific ( IWRAW AP), an international NGO that facilitates the implementation CEDAW globally. She was elected to the CEDAW Committee (2005 - 2008) and was a member of the Gender Equality Task Force of UNDP (2007 and 2008). Shanthi Dairiam has also served as a gender and CEDAW expert assisting UN agencies such as the OHCHR and UNWOMEN and provided technical services to several governments in the Asia Pacific Region and in selected countries of Africa. She is an Executive Committee Member of Women’s Aid Organization in Malaysia and of the National Council of Women’s Organisations, Malaysia. She holds a Masters in Literature from the University of Madras, India and a Masters in Gender and Development from IDS, University of Sussex, UK.
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