Women in the Hostile Environment

When: March 6 2020

Where: London, United Kingdom


ILPA will be hosting its inaugural 'Women in the Hostile Environment Conference' in celebration of International Women's Day on 06 March 2020. International Women's Day (08 March) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. This conference aims to cover a broad range of issues and developments facing women in the hostile environment, as well as sharing campaign initiatives, strategic litigation cases and best practice.

- The conference will be addressing the following topics:
- Women in the hostile environment
- Access to primary and secondary healthcare and maternity charging
- Domestic Violence
- European Law and Article 8 of the ECHR
- Destitution and Section 17 of the Children's Act 1989
- Detention
- Trafficking and the NRM

This conference is also an opportunity for us to celebrate the contributions of women within the legal and immigration sector in challenging systemic, structural and social inequalities as well as the positive impact they make to the lived experiences of migrant women and their families in the UK and abroad.

Find out more about International Women's Day and the IWD2020 theme below ...

#IDW2020     #EachforEqual       @womensday

This conference is open to all immigration practitioners, and will also be of interest to family, community care, public law and human rights lawyers, social workers, healthcare professionals, caseworkers and any professionals working with women within an immigration context. ILPA encourages attendance from all genders and stressed that this is not a women-only event.

Conference Programme:

09:30 - 10:00 Registration

10:00 - 10:10 Chair's Welcome and Opening Remarks
Nicole Masri, Senior Legal Officer, Rights of Women

10:10 - 10:40 Keynote Speaker

10:40 - 11:10 Women in the Hostile Environment
Gracie Bradley, Policy and Campaigns Manager, Liberty

11:10 - 11:20 Break

11:30 - 12:00 Health for all? Maternity Charging and the Immigration Health Surcharge
Christine Benson, Senior Legal Officer - Immigration and Asylum, Maternity Action & Kamla Adiseshia, Senior Immigration Solicitor, Southwark Law Centre

12:00 - 12:30 Destitution & Section 17 of the Children's Act 1989

12:30 - 13:15 Lunch

13:15 - 13:45 Trafficking:What more can the NRM do for Women?  
Lucy Mair, Barrister, Barrister, Garden Court North Chambers and Carita Thomas, Senior Immigration Caseworker, ATLEU

13:45 - 14:15 Domestic Violence
Priya Solanki, Barrister, One Pump Court

14:15 - 14:45 Break

14:45 - 15:15 EU Law and Article 8 ECHR
Neena Acharya, Senior Solicitor, Coram Children's Legal Centre

15:15 - 15:45 Women in Detention
Katy Robinson, Partner and Head of Community Care Team, Wilsons Solicitors & guest

15:45 - 16:00 Chair's Closing Remarks
Nicole Masri, Senior Legal Officer, Rights of Women

Tables have been booked at the Punch Tavern, 99 Fleet Street, EC4Y 1DE. All guests are welcome to join us here after the conference to continue all our thought provoking discussions and celebrate International Women's Day 2020.

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