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Reconfiguring the law to provide justice for women
by Helena Kennedy
About this EXP
Helena Kennedy, barrister at the English bar, member of the House of Lords and head of the IBAHRI, talks us through gender bias in law.
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Key point 1
Women everywhere make up a very small percentage of those who come before the court. Women on the whole are less inclined to criminal activity.
Key point 2
In every country, the impunity that there is for violence against women is still a very serious problem.
Key point 3
It’s only been in comparatively recent times that we’ve started to challenge the assumption that women will lie about matters to do with sex.
Key point 4
The way to address inequality is to bring it into curriculums, particularly in our law schools, and to make sure that we have a much more diverse judiciary in common law systems.
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