Law professor active at UN, on campus for Women’s Day
Queen’s law professor and gender issues expert Kathleen Lahey is busy with several events, both on campus and at the United Nations in New York, leading up to International Women’s Day on March 8.
At the UN, Dr. Lahey will take part in sessions led by the Commission on the Status of Women, conducting a panel on financing for gender equality and the empowerment of women. Specifically, Dr. Lahey will address the situation in Canada, which in the late 1990s was ranked No. 1 by the UN in gender equality. Since then, Canada has slipped down to No. 18, and sits even lower on other indexes, including rankings by the World Economic Forum.
“Things have been changing rapidly in Canada and it’s pretty close to being Exhibit A in how to destroy and roll back women’s equality,” says Dr. Lahey. “The disparity is measurable on several indicators, including the increasing wage gap between women and men.”
On Queen’s campus, Dr. Lahey is co-hosting a conference March 2 and 3 that will bring together academics, policy analysts, equality experts, practicing lawyers and students from around the world to discuss women, the Charter and the UN convention on ending discrimination against women. The conference will focus on how equality-promoting laws and commitments are faring today, and what barriers still need to be addressed.
More information about the Queen’s conference on women’s equality can be found online.
Queen’s students are also involved in International Women’s Day events and celebrations, on campus and in the Kingston community. For complete details, visit We Don’t Stop, Kingston’s website.