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CPG Int Dev: Leave No One Behind - Gender Justice, Rights and Empowerment

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Scottish Parliament Building

Holyrood Road

Edinburgh

EH99 1SP

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The slogan for the UN Sustainable Development Goals is to ‘Leave No One Behind’. To achieve this, gender justice must be a priority. At this meeting, speakers will share their insights and experiences of tackling gender injustice in local, national and international contexts.

We are delighted to welcome to this session the Side by Side Global Steering Group, who are a faith movement for gender justice working in Scotland and internationally. They will be represented in this discussion by Jane Machira, who is a Kenyan national with over 25 years of experience in the development sector. Machira has expertise in gender inclusive programming, working across Africa with Christian Aid.

We will also be joined by Shahin Ashraf MBE, who is working with Islamic Relief Worldwide, on the first Islamic Declaration of Gender Justice. Ashraf’s humanitarian work has taken her from Bosnia to Afghanistan, where she has campaigned against Gender-Based Violence, Early and Forced Marriage, and Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting.

The final speaker will be Dr. Lesley Orr, who conducted ground-breaking action-research at Edinburgh University that addressed violence against women in Scotland. Orr is a historian, theologian and activist, who has extensive experience working in the NGO and public sector for gender and social justice.

Our speaker contributions will be followed by an open discussion and Q&A that will allow MSPs, speakers and audience participants to dig deeper into the power, politics and practices required for ensuring that no one is left behind. Join us to make sure your voice is heard.

Please note that the room will be open from 1pm, join us for a hot drink, a look at the Side by Side ‘Faith in Gender Justice’ Exhibition and informal discussion. The event will start promptly at 1.30pm.

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