The Helsinki Conference on International Law & Women's Rights
"An Interdisciplinary Analysis of the Role of International Law in Promoting Women's Rights"
(Helsinki; March 10th - 12th, 2014)
The digital revolution, which has been highlighted by extensive citizen journalism, the dominance of social networks, as well as growing possibilities for people to travel and move around the world, has brought a renewed awareness and emphasis once more on the current widespread gender imbalance worldwide. It has become apparent to the global community that in both developing to industrialized countries, gender imbalance exists in many forms and creates a burden on society in economic, moral and other terms at local, national and global levels. Global governance organizations, federal governments, parliaments and NGOs from around the world are therefore working tirelessly, and in some cases collectively, to both raise awareness for this situation and to improve it by tackling gender imbalance both directly and indirectly.
International law has the unparalleled potential to support and protect women's rights as well as to equalize them to men's rights. It plays a vital role in the development and the progress of improving their future status. However, in order to change the reality of women's rights globally, and to implement international law at all levels, the legislation of these laws at the local parliamentary level must take place in each individual country providing the framework for the application of women's rights. Without this legal framework applied at both the global and the local level, it will be considerably more difficult to constitute and to assure the protection of women's rights globally in a sustainable approach.
The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy recognizes the historic importance and potential for international law to serve as a strong catalyst for women's rights advocacy. Therefore, this event has been designed in order to be the first of an event series aiming to analyzing the role of international law in promoting human and women's rights.
The conference will focus, in particular, on the following areas and issues:
- The Potential for International Law to create a Framework for the Development and Protection of Women's Rights
- Using International Law for Effective Implementation of Gender Equality Policies
- The Role of Cultural Diplomacy to Promote Gender Equality
- Raising Awareness for Gender Equality Globally using International Law
The Helsinki Conference on International Law & Women Rights will be hosted by the ICD Inter-parliamentary Alliance for Human Rights & Global Peace, which was established in 2009 with the aim of promoting local legislation that protects human rights, and support the long-term campaign for global peace and stability.
Based in Washington D.C, the Summit will be hosted at a number of important political, historic, and cultural locations across the city. Featured locations during the Summit will include:
- US Congress
- The Embassy of Bulgaria to the USA
- The Embassy of Italy to the USA
- National Public Radio (NPR)
Participation in the summit is open to governmental & diplomatic officials, academics, artists, journalists, civil society practitioners, private sector representatives, young professionals and students as well as other interested individuals from across the world.
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The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy encourages academic research and analysis of issues related to the goals of the summit, and would therefore like to welcome participants to submit a paper they would like to be considered for delivery at the summit. Following the summit, select papers will be chosen to be included in the proposal document that will be issued and sent to all governments and leaders of the international community following the summit.
Certificate of Attendance
All Symposium participants will be awarded an official Certificate of Attendance upon completion of the program, which will provide details of the speakers who took part in the event, and list the topics which were discussed. Each certificate will be signed by members of the ICD Advisory Board.
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