DC Roundtable January 20: Ending Gender Discrimination in Nationality Laws
The Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights, Women’s Refugee Commission, Equality Now and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in partnership with the United States Institute of Peace
Invite you to the roundtable discussion
Ending Gender Discrimination in Nationality Laws:
Advancing the Rights and Human Security of Women and Children
Wednesday, January 20th
At the United States Institute of Peace, Room B241
2301 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC, 20037
Twenty-seven countries currently deny women equal rights to confer nationality to their children. Over 50 countries maintain some form of gender discrimination in their nationality law. These discriminatory laws result in significant human rights violations and suffering for individuals and families, including: statelessness; children’s lack of access to education and healthcare; links with gender-based violence, child marriage and human trafficking; unemployment and poverty. Today there is a growing movement to end gender discrimination in nationality laws and ensure that nationality rights are based on citizenship, not gender.
Please join us for a roundtable discussion to heighten awareness of this critical human rights issue and engage new partners to support reform efforts.
Shelby Quast, Director, Americas, Equality Now
Catherine Harrington, Campaign Manager, Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights
Deneisha Moss Balboni, Protection Officer (Statelessness), United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
Jason Gluck, Senior Program Officer, Constitution Making and Inclusive Politics, USIP (introductory remarks)
Joan Timoney, Senior Director, Advocacy and External Relations, Women’s Refugee Committee (moderator)
Following comments by the above panelists the floor will be open for a discussion with participants.