[ 15th July 2019 by allam ahmed 0 Comments ]

GCRF Human Rights Based Approaches; Women as leaders in change and development

One Day International Workshop
Thursday 18th July 2019 from 10:00 to 13:00
Room (USS) University Square Stratford, University of East London, London, United Kingdom

  • Dr. Hala AbuzeidChair, Critical Care Services, Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi – UAE
  • Prof. Farida Fortune, Head of Department, Clinical and Diagnostic Oral Sciences, Institute of Dentistry, Queen Mary University of London, UK
  • Esraa Bani, Manager, Special Project, Data & Analytics, New York University, Abu Dhabi and REALM, Columbia University, USA
  • Prof. Siraj Sait, Director Centre for Islamic Finance, Law and Communities (CIFLAC), University of East London, UK

This one day workshop is organised to follow up the discussion and debate from the recent roundtable jointly organised by Centre for Islamic Finance, Law and Communities (CIFLAC), University of East London (UEL), London, UK during the 17th International Conference of the World Association for Sustainable Development (WASD) with the United Nations Environment Programme, Nairobi, Kenya and hosted by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), London, UK on 18th June 2019. The first roundtable discussed issues relating to women empowerment and youth engagement.


The main aim of this workshop is critically examine the role of women as leaders in change and development. This workshop focuses not only on knowledge exchange and updates on relevant human rights instruments and standards, but outlines how practically human rights can be used in programmes and activities to generate concrete and sustainable development outcomes. This knowledge exchange and capacity development workshop brings together practitioners, professionals and activists working on women’s equality, development and leadership. It will discuss innovative and strategic ways to implement as well as to monitor and evaluate women’s rights. The UEL research is funded by the UK Global Research Challenge Fund (GCRF) and supported by Global Land Tool Network (GLTN), WASD, Mekei, Sudan Knowledge.

Women leaders use a variety of tools and strategies to mobilise, empower and deliver on community achievements. Human rights is one such medium through which women’s voices, goals and efforts are recognised as enforceable claims or rights. Clearly, women have an untapped potential as a primary mover of greater development and their role is very crucial for increased development, but challenges remain. And so, reforms in economic, social, and political institutions must be made to create an enabling environment for women participation and empowerment.

Though activists and leaders- women, men and youth – use human rights for advocacy and enforcement, there are advantages to using the human rights based approach (HRBA) to achieve land, property and other rights in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Pioneering policy research at the CIFLAC has been deployed to carry out training for hundreds of leaders at the United Nations, World Bank, the Arab Land Conference, the World Urban Forum and several other events.


The workshop is co-organised and hosted by the Centre for Islamic Finance, Law and Communities (CIFLAC), University of East London:

Room (USS G19/20)
University Square Stratford
University of East London
1 Salway Road, E15 1NF
London, United Kingdom


Please complete the form below to pre-book your place at Conference.


Due to security and logistics issues at the university, ALL participants must register in advance to attend the conference.

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