57th Session of Commission on the Status of Women begins today: OxHRH CSW57 presents a special themed post series

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About Laura.Hilly

Dr Laura Hilly is a barrister at the Victorian Bar in Australia. She practices in public, commercial and employment law with a special focus in her practice on anti-discrimination law and matters arising from the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibility Act (Victoria). Laura completed a BCL (with distinction), MPhil and DPhil at the University of Oxford where she studied with the support of a Rhodes Scholarship and a Clarendon Scholarship. Her doctoral thesis was supervised by Professor Sandra Fredman QC FBA and Professor Nicola Lacey CBE FBA and considered the impact of intersectional diversity on the decision making processes of final appellate courts in Australia, South Africa and England and Wales. She was also a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the University of Oxford, the Deputy Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub and a former Chair of the Oxford Pro Bono Publico. Laura has taught in the areas of administrative law, human rights and litigation and dispute management at the University of Oxford, Australian National University and University of Melbourne. Laura’s undergraduate degrees are from the Australian National University, where she graduated with first class honours, the University Medal in Law and the Supreme Court Judges’ Prize. She is and Associate of the Oxford Human Rights Hubs, a member of the Board of Directors of Canberra Community Law and List G Barristers, member of the Victorian Bar Pro Bono Committee, Chair of the Open Justice Committee Sub-Committee at the Victorian Bar, Member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law at the University of Melbourne, and a Monitor for the Public Law section of the Commercial Bar Association.

The 57th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW57) begins today.  As delegates from around the world convene at the United Nations Headquarters between 4 to 15 March, the OxHRH Blog will host a special series of posts that parallel the themes of CSW57.

The priority theme for CSW57 is ‘the elimination and prevention of all forms of violence against women and girls.’  Many of the recent posts on the OxHRH Blog have reiterated the central urgency of this theme.  As Her Excellency Ms Marjon Kamara, the Chair of CSW57 stated in her opening remarks ‘a commitment to elimination violence against women and girls is at the core of the gender equality agenda everywhere.  There is a common responsibility to act in order to prevent this global scourge, and to ensure that survivors have access to all of the services they need.’

CSW57 will also review the agreed conclusions from the 53rd session on ‘the equal sharing of responsibilities between women and men, including caregiving in the context of HIV/AIDS’; consider ‘key gender equality issues to be reflected in the post-2015 development framework’; and preview the priority theme for 2014 ‘challenges and achievements in the implementation of the MDG’s for women and girls’.

OxHRH Blog will present a series of posts on these themes.  You can follow CSW57 here, including a live webcast of official proceedings.

If you would like to contribute a blog post to the OxHRH CSW57 themed post series, please contact oxfordhumanrightshub@law.ox.ac.uk

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