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The Injustice of Marital Captivity

Civil Society
Date: Monday, 25 June 2018 15:00 - 18:30

Venue: European Parliament, Brussels, Room A5E.2  |  City: Brussel

ALDE (Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament) and Femmes for Freedom (FFF) join forces and organize a hearing on “The Injustice of Marital Captivity” with a view to raising awareness of the phenomenon and discussing possible solutions at European level.

The hearing brings together a broad audience of academics, experts, politicians  and EU stakeholders to discuss this issue that puts women who are divorced for civil law but remain trapped in a religious marriage in a position of discrimination and oppression. These women lack independence and are hampered in their participation in society.

Register here.

To download the programme, please click here

15.00-15.15:  Welcome 
                       Opening remarks by Hilde Vautmans & Marietje Schaake, ALDE MEPs 
                       Screening of movie on Marital Captivity

15.15-16.45:  Explaining the phenomenon of marital captivity and traditions 
                       Moderator: ALDE MEP

                        Shirin Musa [Femmes for Freedom]
                        Mabel van Oranje [Chair of Girls not Brides] TBC
                        Chia Longman [Centre for Intercultural Communication and Interaction, Ghent University] TBC
                        Anita Nan Hoe [PhD on Hindu communities] 
                        Halleh Ghorashi [Sociologist, University of Amsterdam] TBC
                        Q & A

16.45-17.00:  Coffee Break

17.00-18.00: Towards tangible solutions 
                      Moderator: ALDE MEP

                       Frans van der Velde [international private law expert] 
                       Leontine Bijleveld [Vereniging Vrouw en recht]
                       Mahmoud Jaraba [Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology (Germany)]
                       Cees Flinterman [Utrecht University; Netherlands Institute of Human Rights; former member of CEDAW Committee] 
                       Ruth Halperin-kaddari [Professor, International women's rights advocate]
                       Q & A

18.00-18.30:  The way ahead: View from the European Commission and politicians
                        Moderator: Leontine Bijleveld [Vereniging vrouw en recht]

                        Maria Vilar [European Commission, DG Justice]
                        Assita Kanko [Belgian politician, author, activist]
                        Charles Goerens [ALDE MEP, rapporteur on early and forced marriages]
                        Q & A



Paul Henri Spaak Building, Wiertzstraat 60, 1047 Brussel


All Dates

  • Monday, 25 June 2018 15:00 - 18:30

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