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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


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

- 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

- 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

- 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

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

- 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

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