Press Release – AJCONF 2019 – October 18

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AGHS Legal Aid Cell is pleased to announce the successful culmination of the Pre- Conference Series in Avari Hotel, Lahore on the 18th of October 2019. The first half of the Conference was called “Moving Closer to 2030 – SDGs, Gender Equality and the Justice Gap” and took place in Khorshed Mahal at Avari. The Panel was composed of eminent speakers from England including Baroness Helena Kennedy QC, FRSA, Director of International Bar Associations Human Rights Institute, one of Britain most distinguished lawyers, HHJ Khatoon Sapnara, Circuit Judge in England and Wales and authorised to act as a High Court Judge in England and Wales, Shona Jolly QC, Chair of the Human Rights Committee and Head of Cloisters Human Rights Practice Group and Barrister Zimran Samuel, Human Rights Practitioner in Children and International Law. The lecture included a discussion on the place of women in the practice of law and the challenges for women in the criminal justice system.
After lunch, the second half of the Pre- Conference Lecture Series called “Crimes Against Women and the Criminal Justice System of Pakistan” took place in the Dinshaw Hall, the Panel of speakers was composed of Honorable Justice of the Lahore High Court Mr. Shehram Sarwar, , Former Justice and Prosecutor Syed Ehtisham Qadir Shah, Mr. Harris Azmat, Advocate Supreme Court of Pakistan, Miss Sara Malkani, Advocate and Legal Expert from Karachi. The Panel was moderated by Ms. Meenal Munshey from Beirut, Lebanon, with an expert degree in criminology.
The attendees consisted of an audience of women lawyers from all over Pakistan and Learned Judges from Lahore. The women lawyers included members of the Bars in Tharparkar, Chitral, Swat, Bajaur, Tanli, South Waziristan, Miran Shah, Peshawar, Swabi, Mardan, Mansehra, Dera Ismael Khan, Kohat, Jammu, Nowshera, Buner, Rahim Yar Khan, Bahawalpur, Bahawalnagar, Muzaffargarh, Multan, Vehari, Jacobabad, Shikarpur, Sukher, Khairpur, Meerut and Khuzder
The day ended after a thorough interaction of women lawyers and other justice sector personnel whereas it was resolved to improve and elevate the current position of women in the justice system and their ability to access justice.