Women in the Global Community Student Fellows Meeting

Event Date: 
Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Event Time: 
12:15-1:15 p.m.
Location: 
1-N-5 Green Hall

The Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination's Project on Women in the Global Community (WGC) will host Beatrice Duncan, Constitutional and Access to Justice Advisor for UN women, as guest speaker at the WGC student fellows bi-monthly meeting on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Duncan will discuss the development of UN Women's Global Gender Equality Constitutional Database and its use as a tool to advance gender equality. Participation in this event is open to Women in the Global Community student fellows only.

Beatrice Duncan currently serves as the constitutional and access to justice advisor and focal point for indigenous issues for UN women. She began her career in her native country, Ghana, as a gender and child law specialist, initially providing legal aid to indigent women and children through the Ghana Legal Aid Board, the Ghana Federation of International Women Lawyers and Women in Law and Development. While in Ghana, she also served as the Programme Officer for the Structural Adjustment Participatory Review Initiative, a tripartite exercise between government, Civil Society and the World Bank. Within the UN system, her work experience has been with UNICEF Ghana, as Chief of Protection, the African Centre for Gender and Social Development of the Economic Commission for Africa, as a Gender Officer and UNICEF New York as a Human Rights Specialist. She has supported law reform efforts in the fields of women’s land rights, inheritance, marital property and violence, while also engaging in research and policy development in the areas of women in agriculture, women’s land rights and harmful practices. During her tenure at the UNECA she was responsible for the revision and roll out of the African Gender and Development Index and its accompanying African Women’s Report. She is a product of the University of Ghana (LLB), Georgetown University (LLM) and Birmingham University (PhD).