Global Resistance to Sexual Harassment and Violence
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See below for recordings of video-conference sessions from June 8 & 9, 2020
This conference is organized by the Sexual Harassment/Violence Working Group of the Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality and Anti-Discrimination Law. Conference participants will be examining resistance to sexual harassment as a global issue. Simultaneous with the conference, the Center will be issuing our new book, The Global #MeToo Movement.
The conference consisted of shared insights about sexual harassment/violence, pre-recorded panels, commentary via plenary sessions, workshops, and small group discussions, and finally, a keynote address by Professor Jamillah Bowman Williams.
Panel 1: A Global Report on Sexual Harassment/Violence
Chair: David Oppenheimer (US)
Panelists: Natasha de Silva (Australia, Australian Human Rights Commission) Puja Kapai (Hong Kong University) Katharina Miller (Spain, European Women Lawyers Association) Robin Runge (US/International Labor Organization) Furaha-joy Sekai Saungweme (Tanzania/Africa End Sexual Harassment Initiative) Purna Sen (UN Women) Karen Vandekerchkhove (Belgium/European Commission) Rachel Vogelstein (US, Council on Foreign Relations)
Producers: Berkeley students Kelly Crabtree and Laura Valencia
Panel 2: Intersectionality and Sexual Harassment/Violence
Chair: Shreya Atrey (India/UK)
Panelists: Lucy-Ann Buckley (Ireland) Meghan Campbell (UK) Peter Dunne (Ireland/UK) Russell Robinson (US)
Producers: Berkeley students Emma Cooper and Charlie Tsunoda
Panel 3: The Role of Social Media
Chair: Aileen McColgan (UK)
Panelists: Laura Carlson (Sweden) Eva Greene (UK) Nicole Groves (US/Facebook) Shivangi Misra (India/Canada/Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action) Sharyn Tejani (US/Time’sUp! Legal Defense Fund)
Producers: Berkeley students Emma Lapinsky and Jesus Suarez
Panel 4: Building a Toolkit for Investigating Sexual Harassment
Chairs: Beth Gaze (Australia) and Amy Oppenheimer (US)
Panelists: Debbie Collier (South Africa) Severyna Magill (UK) Furaha-joy Sekai Saungweme (Tanzania & Kenya) Purna Sen (UN Women)
Producers: Berkeley students Tanvee Joshi, Subaita Rahman, and Yolanda Ye
Click here to watch Panel 4, Part 1.
Click here to watch Panel 4, Part 2.
Panel 5: Backlash
Chair: Karen O’Connell (Australia)
Panelists: Laura Bourgeois (France) Jessica Clarke (US) Barbara Havelkova (Czechia) Costanza Hermanin (Italy) Ruth Nekura (Kenya) Keina Yoshida (UK)
Producers: Berkeley students Marisa Umeh and Ianna Zhu
Panel 6: Strategic Litigation
Chair: Kelly Dermody (US)
Panelists: Georgiana Calvert-Lee (UK) Sabrina Cartabia (Argentina) Vrinda Grover (India) Isabelle Rorive (Belgium) Marni Willenson (US)
Producers: Students Nicole Khoury and Joseph Sotile
Panel 7: The Global #MeToo Movement
Chair: Ann Noel (US)
Panelists: Denise Abade (Brazil) Ivana Bacik (Ireland) Debbie Collier (South Africa) Kazuko Ito (Japan) Kalpana Kannabiran (India) Marie Mercat-Bruns (France) Estefania Vela (Mexico) Lining Zhang (China)
Producers: Berkeley students Talia Harris and Subaita Rahman.
Professor Jamillah Bowman Williams
Topic: How #MeToo and the resulting legal activity has not done enough to protect women of color, particularly black women, immigrant WOC, and low-wage workers, with some proposals for reform.