Sisters For Change (SFC), on behalf of the EJA, invited ICAAD and other senior legal and policy experts to Singapore in April to share their technical expertise and personal experiences on the impact of discriminatory laws on women and girls within the Commonwealth, including the Pacific Island region where ICAAD has a significant gender-based violence (GBV) focus.
The Meeting included expert-led technical presentations on reforms within constitutional, criminal, anti-discrimination, and equality law, with key developments in reform of personal laws and sexual offence legislation. The nine independent legal experts included:
- Aruna Narain, Supreme Court Judge of Mauritius and CEDAW Committee Member, Mauritius
- Chaloka Beyani, Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and former UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights of Internally Displaced Persons, U.K.
- Aileen McColgan, Professor of Law at the University of Leeds and Barrister at 11KBW, U.K.
- Marion Bethel, Attorney and CEDAW Committee Member, Bahamas
- Florida Kabasinga, Managing Partner at Certa Law Chambers, Rwanda
- Dianne Hubbard, Director of the Gender Research & Advocacy Project at the Legal Assistance Centre, Namibia
- Sharon Murdock, Legislative Drafter at the Office of Legislative Counsel, Northern Ireland
- Vrinda Grover, Supreme Court Advocate, India
- Hansdeep Singh, Co-Founder of ICAAD, U.S.A.