Project Director: Rangita de Silva-de Alwis, LL.M., S.J.D.
Funder: Ford Foundation
This program brings together a working group of lawyers and jurists from Asia to focus on law reform in the region. The working group will examine the role that gender-based strategic litigation can play in advancing equality, non-discrimination, and human rights. In addition, the working group will explore ways to establish a regional network of lawyers and jurists to ensure that civil, political, social, economic, and cultural rights are legally enforceable. A follow-up workshop will consist of training on the strategic litigation of women’s human rights. This workshop will strive to find common ground and best practices among diverse legal systems.
Read more about this project in the Fall/Winter 2006 Research & Action Report.
NEWS: ACLN Member Indira Jaising has been appointed by the Government of India as its first woman Solicitor General in the Supreme Court. Among the many firsts Indira has, this is unique--for a human rights activist, as all newspapers have noted, since as is the norm, human rights lawyers are not revered by many States. That the government chose Indira and not "any other lawyer just to satisfy the woman slot" speaks volumes of the merit in the appointment.