Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Time: Noon – 1:30 p.m., EDT
Place: Virtual. Register here (required)
Join the Solidarity Center and Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) for this important discussion on gender-based violence and harassment (GBVH), featuring a new, joint report on gender-based violence and harassment of women workers in the South African mining industry, with research directed by former member of the United Nations team of international experts on the Kasai, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sheila B. Keetharuth.
Michael Clements, event moderator, is program head for Lawyers for Human Rights. She clerked for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague and was awarded a post-graduate fellowship from the Columbia University Human Rights Institute to work with mining-affected communities in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Sheila B. Keetharuth, former member of the United Nations team of international experts on the Kasai, Democratic Republic of Congo, is a human rights defender from Mauritius who has worked and travelled in mainland Africa for more than three decades. She has extensive experience in research, advocacy, litigation and training in Africa.
The Hon. Maria Teresa Manuela is African Commission Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Women, formerly Angola Commissioner and Special Rapporteur on Prisons, Conditions of Detention and Policing in Africa for the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.
Furaha Joy Sekai Saungweme is a lawyer and founder of Africa End Sexual Harassment Initiative (AESHI), a law reform and social movement project creating regional dialogue on sexual harassment and calling for the development of a regional model law on sexual harassment for Africa.
Brigadier Siachitema is an expert member of the Working Group of the Extractives of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights and South African Litigation Center legal consultant for women’s land and property rights. He has more than seven years’ experience litigating land rights disputes, property grabbing and gender-based violence. Previously, Siachitema was an advocate at International Justice Mission (IJM).