Ilitha Labantu International Conference

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Registration is open for the 2019 International Conference
Ensuring equal access to justice for victims of violence and abuse – rule of law in action

This year’s 30 year’s theme: three decades strong: Serving Survivors, Building Trust and Restoring Dignity. By empowering survivors with knowledge and information through the services we offer, we hope to continue to build trust with victims of violence so that they have the tools to move forward and live a life free of abuse. As we celebrate three decades of fearless, determination and commitment to increase safety and protection for all survivors of domestic violence, we are reminded of how far we have come and how much work is yet to be done.

Ilitha Labantu together with the African Women Independent Forum invite activists, practitioners, scholars, and judges interested in gender equality and violence against women and girls to submit individual abstracts for the upcoming conference titled:” Ensuring equal access to justice for victims of violence against women and girls – rule of law in action”.

2019 marks 30th anniversary of Ilitha Labantu and 30 years of collective effort, commitment, struggle and care in addressing different forms of violence against women, through measures aimed at preventing violence, promoting human rights, protecting victims, and prosecuting the perpetrators. Looking back at three decades of ground-breaking work to end violence against women and children, Ilitha Labantu is proud to embark on its next 30 years and beyond.

The conference will take place in Cape Town 27- 29 of November 2019. By promoting global and intersectional exchange and identifying the learning between countries and between sectors. 2020 is a pivotal year for the accelerated realization of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. As the global community marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and adoption of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, and five years of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals, the moment is right to achieve irreversible and measurable progress towards this universal commitment to all women and girls, everywhere.

The conference will create a platform for representatives from States, justice sector, civil society and academia. It will galvanize political accountability and action; youth ownership of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action; inclusive participation to ensure no one is left behind; and the expansion of the movement for gender equality and the empowerment of women. It will also develop a substantive contribution towards the implementation of the gender equality component of the United Nations Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development by identifying approaches that can help deliver change.

The Conference will highlights the promising practices and policies to protect and prevent domestic and sexual violence, bringing together prosecutors, Judges, police, the field’s leading to domestic violence experts from across and chart the way forward for accelerating progress towards ending violence against women. It will also serve to generate renewed political commitment from Government to combat all forms of violence against women and girls.

Ilitha Labantu realized that women often find it more difficult than men to access the justice system. Women face different forms of violence due to discriminatory norms and practices within the justice sector and society as a whole; or it may reflect inadequate training and/or a lack of awareness by actors within the justice sector. It may be a function of the generally low level of literacy among African women and their consequent challenges in accessing information and institutions that are mediated by unfamiliar, languages.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Cape Town

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Sponsorship Invitation

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Please note that panellists are responsible for their own travel expenses and accommodation. The conference will be in English.

Key Information

  • Venue & Location: Cape Sun Hotel, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Dates: Wednesday, 27 November 2019 ​to Friday, 29 November 2019
  • Conference Theme: “Ensuring equal access to justice for victims of violence against women and girls – rule of law”
  • Early Bird Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 July 2019*
  • Final Abstract Submission Deadline: 30 August 2019
  • Notified by: 19 September 2019
  • Registration Deadline for Presenters: 15 October 2019

Conference Registration

The conference is open to all the participants from 27 -29 of November 2019. To facilitate widespread public exchange and dialogue. Conference Registration Fee in USD (Includes admission to all conference sessions, conference pack, 3 lunches and refreshment breaks) $546.00. Advanced registration is required. (With vegan options available) for all conference dates. Conference Gala Dinner held on Wednesday 28 November 2019 (The dinner cost does not include alcohol but a cash bar will be available) USD $100.00. If you register for the conference, your registration fee must be paid in full before the conference begins. you will be required to provide your payment (cash, check, credit card) when you check-in at the conference. You may provide a purchase order as a promise to pay. Because of the costs associated with every individual who attends the conference (e.g., food and beverage, notebooks, name badges, tote bags), we cannot guarantee that an individual will be able to attend if you show up on site without having registered in advance.