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Women and the Rule of Law: A View from the Americas





 



                                        
                                          WOMEN AND THE RULE OF LAW:
                                          A VIEW FROM THE AMERICAS

                                                            AGENDA

Wednesday, February 27, 2013 SEIU Conference Center, Room 1004
(1800 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC)
8:30 - 9:00 am Continental breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 am Welcome


Zaida Arguedas, League of Women Voters
Joan Winship, International Association of Women Judges
Joan Caivano, Inter-American Dialogue
9:15 - 10:30 am Women’s Rights Addressed by the Courts: Perspectives from the Americas



Moderator: Hattie Babbitt, Attorney, Jennings, Strouss & Salmon

Panelists:
- Janet Tello, Justice, Supreme Court of Peru
- Vanessa Ruiz, Senior Judge, DC Court of Appeals
- María Eugenia Villaseñor, Judge, Fifth Court of Appeals, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala

Commentator:
- Macarena Saéz, Fellow, American University, Washington College of Law
10:30 - 10:45 am Coffee Break
10:45 - 12:15 pm Strengthening Diversity in the Judicial System



Moderator: Zaida Arguedas, Deputy Executive Director, League of Women Voters

Panelists:
- Desiree Bernard, Justice, Caribbean Court of Justice
- María Francisca Zapata, Judge, First Supervisory Court of Santiago, Chile (read remarks)
- Carmen Alanís Figueroa, Judge, Federal Electoral Tribunal, Mexico

Commentator:
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Gabriela Vega, Head of Gender and Diversity Unit, Inter-American Development Bank
12:15 - 1:30 pm Luncheon

Keynote speaker: Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs
1:30 - 3:00 pm The Role of International Law in Promoting Women’s Rights



Moderator: Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue

Panelists:
- Desiree Bernard, Justice, Caribbean Court of Justice
- Catalina Botero, Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression, Organization of American States, and Former Magistrate, Constitutional Court of Colombia

Commentator:
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Maria Eugenia Hirmas, Former Director of Sociocultural Affairs, Office of the President of Chile

3:00 – 3:15 pm Wrap-up

Speaker: Anne Tierney Goldstein, Human Rights Education Director, International Association of Women Judges