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Paris, March 8th, 2018

International Women’s Day

Women in Culture and Science Symposium

We would like to invite students, representatives from civil society, businesses, international organisations and the scientific community to showcase the power of cross sector collaboration to advance the rights of women and girls to take part in scientific development and cultural life.

This symposium is held in celebration of the International Women’s Day. The program includes specialists in the fields of the right to culture and the right to science who will speak and gather in two panels to debate with the audience.

Culture has been misused to justify restrictions to the full enjoyment of human rights and freedom of women and girls. Our first panel examines the position of women in scientific freedom and creativity, reflects on the importance of having women involved in scientific endeavours and explores the challenges preventing women and girls to access, participate in, and contribute to cultural life and science.

The second part of our day will focus on the latest developments in authoritative guidance, discuss the new General Comment on the Right to Science, the Status of Scientific Researchers, as well as the potential of blockchain to improve the scientific process and the independence of women.

Music and science are two ways of using a common set of tools for thinking. In true festivity spirit, artist Nukâka Coster-Waldau and four musicians from Greenland and Denmark will present us with live sessions at the beginning and at the end of the program.

“Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits”, article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Paris, March 8th, 2018

International Women’s Day

Women in Culture and Science Symposium

Venue: UNESCO, Paris.



09:00

Registrations



09:10

Welcome – Helle Porsdam, Professor of Law and Humanities and UNESCO Chair in Cultural Rights, University of Copenhagen, Denmark



09:20

Opening remarks – Saniye Gülser Corat, UNESCO Director of the Division for Gender Equality



09:30

Music session and readings – Greenlandic artist Nukâka and band



09:50

Panel 1:

Women, scientific freedom and creativity

Facilitator: Helle Porsdam, Professor of Law and Humanities and UNESCO Chair in Cultural Rights, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Farida Shaheed

first UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights, Executive Director of Shirkat Gah-Women’s Resource Centre in Pakistan


Yvonne Donders

Professor International Human Rights and Cultural Diversity and Head of the Department of International and European Public Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Amsterdam, member of the National Commission for UNESCO, member of the Human Rights Committee of the Advisory Council on International Affairs



10:55

Break



11:15

Panel 2:

Where are we heading: significant developments

Facilitator: Lyn Boyd-Judson – UNESCO Chair for Global Humanities and Ethics Education, director of the USC Levan Institute for Humanities and Ethics and executive director of the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights

Karima Bennoune

current UN Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural Rights, Professor of International Law at the University of California–Davis School of Law


Mikel Mancisidor

UN Treaty Body Independent Expert (member of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, CESCR), Adjunct Professor at the Washington College of Law, American University, and visiting professor at the University of Deusto and at the Institut International des Droits de l’Homme René Cassin, Strasbourg


Sebastian Porsdam Mann

Postdoc, Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School



12:30

Music session and readings – Greenlandic artist Nukaka and band



12:50


Announcement: Elizabeth Filippouli, Founder & CEO Global Thinkers Forum & Global Thinkers Mentors


Last words – Helle Porsdam and Lyn Boyd Judson



13:00

End of symposium



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