Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice - Members
Ms. Kamala CHANDRAKIRANA (Indonesia) – Chair
Kamala is the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Discrimination against women in law and in practice. She assumed her function on 1st May 2011 in the Working Group. She spent 11 years building Indonesia’s national mechanism on women’s human rights, the National Commission on Violence Against Women, as Chairperson (2003-2009) and Secretary General (1998-2003). She is also active in a diversity of civil society groups working in the area of peace and social justice in Muslim communities, human rights and democracy, collective memory on past violence, and public fund raising for social justice. She is currently Chairperson of the UN Working Group on discrimination against women in law and in practice (until October 2012); member of an ESCAP-initiated Asia Pacific Advisory Group on Women, Peace and Security; coordinator of Indonesia’s Coalition for Truth and Justice for Past Human Rights Violations; a resource person for the Southeast Asia Women Caucus on ASEAN; and a member of Musawah’s International Advisory Group.
Ms. Frances RADAY (Israel/United Kingdom) – Vice Chair
Frances RADAY is the Vice-Chairperson of the Working Group on Discrimination against women in law and in practice. She assumed her function on 1st May 2011. She is a former member of CEDAW and has taught extensively in various academic institutions in Israel and elsewhere. Ms. Raday is the author of numerous academic books and articles on human rights, labour law and feminist legal theory. She has acted as legal counsel on precedent-setting human rights cases in Israel’s Supreme Court, including women’s constitutional rights to equality in religious rituals at public sites and sex discrimination in retirement age. She is currently the Director of the Concord Research Centre for Integration of International Law, Haim Striks Law School, Colman.
Ms. Emna AOUIJ (Tunisia)
Emna AOUIJ is a member of the Working Group on Discrimination against women in law and in practice. She assumed her function on 1st May 2011. was member of CEDAW for three consecutive terms between 1990 and 2002. Ms. Aouij also served as independent expert of the Commission on Human Rights on the situation of human rights in Chad from 1996 to 1997. She has been ambassador to the Netherlands and Denmark and was previously a judge.
Ms. Patricia OLAMENDI TORRES (Mexico)
Patricia OLAMENDI TORRES is a member of the Working Group on Discrimination against women in law and in practice. She assumed her function on 1st December 2012. Dr. Olamendi is currently Coordinator of the Committee of Experts of the Follow-up Mechanism for the Implementation of the OAS Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women. She has been Undersecretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights at the Foreign Ministry, a Federal Deputy in the 54th Legislature and Deputy Attorney General for Services to Crime Victims in the Mexico City Attorney General’s Office. In recent years, Patricia Olamendi, who has a doctorate in law from the University Institute of Puebla, has authored several publications on discrimination against women, including "Body of Evidence: The Rights of Women in Criminal Justice", "Women in Mexican Law" and "Women, Family and Citizenship: Discrimination and Exclusion in the Civil Codes in Mexico" among others.
Ms. Eleonora ZIELINSKA (Poland)
Eleonora ZIELINSKA is a member of the Working Group on Discrimination against women in law and in practice. She assumed her function on 1st May 2011. She has published extensively, including scholarly articles related to gender issues, abortion, HIV/AIDS, and medical law. She is currently professor, chief of the comparative criminal law section and director of the legal clinic at Warsaw University and a member of the European Network of Legal Experts in the field of gender equality. Ms. Zielińska has been an active supporter of women’s rights in Poland, and has served as an expert with governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations.