Mainstreaming women and gender perspectives
The seminar will discuss comparative South-North perspectives on the topic of the mainstreaming of women and gender perspectives, and the right to equality and non-discrimination in legal education.
How can gender and women’s perspectives, equality and non-discrimination law can be integrated in legal education? Photo: Michael Coghlan / Flickr.com
Full seminar title: "Mainstreaming women and gender perspectives and the right to equality and non-discrimination in legal education: Comparative South-North perspectives"
Chair Ingunn Ikdahl (professor, Faculty of Law, UiO), 5-10 min
|Perspectives from law schools in Southern and Eastern Africa||
Patricia Kameri-Mbote (professor, School of Law, University of Nairobi, and honorary doctor, UiO), 20 min
|Perspectives from University of Oslo and the Faculty of Law||
Anne Hellum (professor, Faculty of Law, UiO), 20 min
Harriet Bjerrum Nielsen (professor, Centre for Gender Research, UiO)
Erling Hjelmeng (professor and dean of teaching, Faculty of Law,
Legal advisor Frøydis Paturson (Free Legal Advice for Women /JURK)
Theme and presenters
How should gender and women’s perspectives, equality and non-discrimination law, be integrated in legal education? This is a concern at law schools in all parts of the world. Efforts to do so raise a series of questions. Should the focus be on gender balance in staff, teaching and authors of literature, or on the perspectives of what is taught? What are the strengths and weaknesses of mainstreaming these perspectives into existing courses, compared to establishing separate optional and/or obligatory courses? What role can gender policies at university and faculty level play for processes of integration?
Patricia Kameri-Mbote is professor and former Dean at the School of Law, University of Nairobi. She will receive the title of Doctor philosophiae honoris causa at the University of Oslo in September 2017.
Anne Hellum is professor at the Faculty of Law, UiO, and director of the Institute of Women’s Law, Children’s Law, Equality and Non-discrimination law.
Patricia Kameri-Mbote, Anne Hellum, Ingunn Ikdahl and colleagues in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Oslo have a long-term history of cooperation in the field of women’s law, currently through the NORAD-funded project, “Masters and PhD program for capacity building in law faculties: Engendering human rights and law in Southern and Eastern Africa”. The experiences from Kenya and other countries in Southern and Eastern Africa and Norway/the Nordic countries form the basis for a discussion of both challenges and possibilities forward.