The Oxford Human Rights Hub is pleased to announce a major global conference on 'Women and Poverty: A Human Rights Perspective' to be held in Kigali, Rwanda on April 28-30, 2014. The conference will take place at the Lemigo Hotel, Kigali, Rwanda.
While the feminization of poverty has long been a recognized phenomenon, gender inequality and poverty are often conceptualized as two separate problems. Poverty is often addressed from a gender neutral standpoint rather than a comprehensive, integrated and holistic gendered perspective. This fails to capture the many inter-locking human rights violations experienced by impoverished women. This invisibility is compounded by the misconception that economic prosperity or an increase in human development corresponds to an increase in gender equality and empowerment. With the post-2015 Development Goals prominent on the international and national agenda, it is a key moment to pause and shine the spotlight on human rights responses to gendered poverty.
This conference will bring together, and foster, a network of leading actors in various disciplines working in poverty, gender equality and human rights. We hope to explore current developments, analyse existing weaknesses and will attempt to point towards future improvements in the ways in which human rights frameworks can address the problems of women's poverty.
This conference is hosted by the Oxford Human Rights Hub, in partnership with the Oxford Martin School’s Human Rights for Future Generations Programme, Professor Evance Kalula, of the University of Cape Town, and Dr Emmanuel Ugirashebuja Judge of the East Africa Court of Justice, the Dean of the Law School at the National University of Rwanda, and with the support of the Chief Justice Sam Rugege, Chief Justice of Rwanda.
To register for the conference please visit the University of Oxford on-line store