Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice - Members
Ms. Alda FACIO (Costa Rica)
Alda Facio is the Chairperson of the Working Group on Discrimination against women in law and in practice. After leaving her functions as a judge, she has spent the last 25 years advising governments on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against women. She was one of the founders of the Women’s Caucus for Gender Justice in the International Criminal Court, CLADEM, Fundacion Justicia y Genero as well as advisor to other international organizations, including IWRAW-AP and JASS. She has written numerous articles and lectured extensively around the world on women’s rights issues. Since 2003 she has directed the Women Human Rights Education Institute at the University of Toronto and is a permanent professor at the UN University for Peace, where she teaches Human Rights and Gender.
Ms. Kamala CHANDRAKIRANA (Indonesia) Vice-Chair
Kamala is a Member 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. 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 as member of the Working Group on 1st May 2011. She 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. Frances RADAY (Israel/United Kingdom)
Frances RADAY 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 is a former member of CEDAW. Professor Raday is currently the Director of the Concord Research Centre for Integration of International Law in Israel at Haim Striks Law School, Colman. She is Professor Emerita, Hebrew University, Lieberman Chair for Labour Law; Honorary Professor, University College London; and Doctor Honoris, University of Copenhagen. She has additionally held academic appointments at Oxford Univ., Univ. of S.California, Tulane Univ. and Univ. of East Africa. 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 advancing women’s constitutional right to equality in political representation, participation in religious ceremony, religious court procedures and divorce, and combatting employment discrimination, in retirement age, sexual harassment and promotion.
Ms. Eleonora ZIELINSKA (Poland)
Eleonora ZIELINSKA is the Vice-Chairperson of the Working Group on Discrimination against women in law and in practice. She assumed her function as member of the Working Group 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.