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DT 1868 Women in the Hostile Environment - International Women's Day Conference

ILPA will be hosting its inaugural 'Women in the Hostile Environment Conference' in celebration of International Women's Day on 06 March 2020. International Women's Day (08 March) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This conference aims to cover a broad range of issues and developments facing women in the hostile environment, as well as sharing campaign initiatives, strategic litigation cases and best practice. 

The conference will be addressing the following topics:
  • Women in the hostile environment
  • Access to primary and secondary healthcare and maternity charging
  • The Istanbul Convention
  • European Law and Article 8 of the ECHR
  • Destitution and Section 17 of the Children's Act 1989
  • Detention
  • Trafficking and the NRM 

This conference is also an opportunity for us to celebrate the contributions of women within the legal and immigration sector in challenging systemic, structural and social inequalities as well as the positive impact they make to the lived experiences of migrant women and their families in the UK and abroad. 

Find out more about International Women's Day and the IWD2020 theme below ... 

#IWD2020     #EachforEqual       @womensday 

Event details

Date(s):06 March 2020
Start Time:10:00
End Time:16:00
Audience:This conference is open to all immigration practitioners, and will also be of interest to family, community care, public law and human rights lawyers, social workers, healthcare professionals, caseworkers and any professionals working with women within an immigration context. ILPA encourages attendance from all genders and stresses that this is not a women-only event.
Main area:Immigration;Asylum
Main area other:International Women's Day (08 March) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. 

International Women's Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911 supported by over a million people in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland. Prior to this the Socialist Party of America, United Kingdoms Suffragists and Suffragettes, and further groups campaigned for women's equality. 

Today, IWD belongs to all groups collectively everywhere. 

IWD is not country, group or organisation specific. 

Make IWD your day - every day. 

09:30 - 10:00 Registration 


10:00 Welcome from Nicole Francis, Chief Executive at ILPA


10:00 - 10:10 Chair's Welcome

Nicole Masri, Senior Legal Officer, Rights of Women 


10:10 - 10:40 Keynote Speaker

Catherine Briddick, Martin James Departmental Lecturer in Gender and Forced Migration, University of Oxford


10:40 - 11:10 Women in the Hostile Environment 

Gracie Bradley, Policy and Campaigns Manager, Liberty 


11:10 - 11:20 Break 


11:30 - 12:00 EU Law and Article 8 ECHR

Neena Acharya, Senior Solicitor, Coram Children's Legal Centre


12:00 - 12:30 Destitution & Section 17 of the Children's Act 1989

Abi Brunswick, Director, Project 17 and member of the Unity Project Steering Committee


12:30 - 13:15 Lunch 


13:15 - 13:45 Trafficking:What more can the NRM do for Women?  

Lucy Mair, Barrister, Barrister, Garden Court North Chambers and Carita Thomas, Senior Immigration Caseworker, ATLEU


13:45 - 14:45 Istanbul Convention and Domestic Violence

Priya Solanki, Barrister, One Pump Court and Louise Hooper, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers


14:45 - 15:00 Break 


15:00 - 15:30 Health for all? Maternity Charging and the Immigration Health Surcharge

Christine Benson, Senior Legal Officer - Immigration and Asylum, Maternity Action & Kamla Adiseshia, Senior Immigration Solicitor, Southwark Law Centre


15:30 - 16:00 Women in Detention

Katy Robinson, Partner and Head of Community Care Team, Wilsons Solicitors & F, Assistant Psychologist, Refugee and former detainee at Yarls Wood IRC


16:00 Chair's Closing Remarks

Nicole Masri, Senior Legal Officer, Rights of Women 


Tables have been booked at the Punch Tavern, 99 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1DE. All guests are welcome to join us here after the conference to continue all our thought provoking discussions and celebrate International Women's Day 2020. 

Tutor details:Chair: Nicole Masri, Senior Legal Officer at Rights of Women. Keynote: Catherine Briddick, University of Oxford Panel: Christine Benson, Maternity Action, Lucy Mair, Garden Court North Chambers, Neena Acharya, Coram Children's Legal Centre, Carita Thomas, ATLEU, Kamla Adiseshia, Southwark Law Centre, Gracie Bradley, Liberty, Katy Robinson, Wilsons Solicitors, Priya Solanki, One Pump Court and Louise Hooper, Garden Court Chambers
Additional information:Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Please inform us of any dietary requirements at the time of booking.
PriceMember Training Prices: £240
Concessionary Training Prices: £120
Non Member Training Prices: £480

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