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Friday, September 24 • 10:00am - 11:00am
Imagining a Criminal Justice System That Works for Women and Girls

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Typically, there are far fewer women and girls in the criminal justice system than men and boys - at least upon first look. However, the criminal justice system can impact women and girls’ lives in a variety of ways - as those who are accused or incarcerated, as those trusting in it when they file a complaint, as the family or community members of accused or convicted men and boys, and as lawyers and other staff. Women and girls are certainly not a monolithic group, with experiences with the justice system differing, including based on intersecting identities. This is true for the United States, as well as many other countries around the world. Women and girls come into contact with the system in a diverse range of ways, but one factor carries true for most of them - the criminal justice system was not built in a way that recognizes gender, and therefore can miss the unique needs and experiences of women and girls.

This interactive session will center around several case stories from Palestine, Tunisia/Myanmar/Nepal, with each showing the robust and dynamic life of a woman or girl, and how it relates to her contact with the criminal justice system. In the absence of adequate, gender-based support, lawyers from each of these countries will share examples for how they have worked to fill this gap, to ensure women and girls are treated fairly throughout the process, and how they navigated this as female lawyers in their field. Following these case stories and perspectives, the session will open up for an interactive exercise where, based on participants’ diverse range of experience, we will together re-imagine what a criminal justice system should look like to not only uphold women’s and girls’ rights, but to ensure agency, dignity, and even to support them to thrive.

avatar for MaryBeth Bognar

MaryBeth Bognar

Program Officer, International Legal Foundation
MaryBeth has over a decade of experience in global program coordination and management, with expertise in gender and human rights. She has worked in programs that range from research, advocacy, and service delivery, and has brought feminist, participatory and analytical approaches... Read More →
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Asil Ibrahim

Communications Officer, International Legal Foundation
Asil Ibrahim has over a decade of experience in communication and program coordination for projects relating to justice and human rights. Asil is the Communications Officer at the ILF West Bank in Palestine, where she has worked for more than 10 years. With the ILF, Asil monitors... Read More →
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Bimala Yadav

Senior Attorney In-Charge, Public Defender society of Nepal
I am the senior staff members of PDS-Nepal. I have  joined ILF-Nepal as an advocate in 2008 now holds the position of Senior Attorney In-charge in PDS-Nepal. Having 19 years of experience as a lawyer  am working here as a different  important role in transferring the jurisdiction... Read More →
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Nahla Hamdi

Translator and communication officer, The International Legal Foundation
Nahla Hamdi has several years of experience working in communications and translation for international organizations and initiatives. Nahla is currently a Communications Officer and translator for ILF Tunisia, which she joined about 2 and a half years ago. She works on translation... Read More →

Friday September 24, 2021 10:00am - 11:00am EDT