The Opening Ceremony and first four panels of the Oxford Human Rights Hub and Human Rights for Future Generations Programme international conference ‘Women and Poverty: A Human Rights Approach’ in Kigali, Rwanda, took place Monday 28th April, and was very positively received. Subsequent sessions will be taking place today and tomorrow.

The conference was officially opened by the First Lady of Rwanda, Her Excellency, Mrs Jeannette Kagame and commenced by Prof Timothy Endicott, Dean of the Oxford Faculty of Law.  Conference organiser and Director of OxHRH and Human Rights for Future Generations Programme, Prof Sandra Fredman from the University of Oxford stressed the need to consider women’s poverty as an issue of law, not merely one of altruistic ambition or of charity, and for law to be ‘engendered’ in order to adequately address the challenge. More about the content of the sessions and those attending can be found here.