From: The Honorable Sheila Jackson Lee
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Date: 9/21/2016

Topic 8: Inclusive Legal Frameworks: Empowering Women Through Rule of Law

Thursday, September 22, 2016 9:00am to 10:30am
B-340 Rayburn House Office Building


Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES) are pleased to invite you to the latest installment of the bi-monthly “Women,
Peace and Security” breakfast series,
 which raises current issues affecting women and girls in conflict and illuminates their determination and leadership to find peace. Each conversation is framed in the context of United Nations Security
Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and the U.S. Government’s National Action Plan on 1325.

Conflict is no longer just about armies and borders – it is about human security. Where there is inequality and discrimination, violence, poverty, lack of education, lack of economic opportunity, political oppression, extremism, corruption, environmental
disasters, and other destabilizing factors, there is risk of conflict.

It is critical that laws address these issues and promote human security, human rights, and the equality of all people. Women and men throughout the world have used post-conflict periods to reshape societies, rewrite the rules, and advance gender equality
and women’s rights. “Inclusive Legal Frameworks” will examine best practices for using law to empower women and building inclusive legal systems for sustainable peace and security.

Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee will host the event, which will be moderated by Jessica Huber, IFES Senior Gender
. Panelists include:

Julie L. Arostegui, J.D., International Human Rights, Gender and Security Advisor, JLA Consulting LLC

Lisa L. Davis, J.D., LL.M., Executive Director, International Association of Women Judges

Shelby Quast, Director, Americas Office, Equality Now

A light breakfast will be served. Please RSVP to or 202.350.6705 by September 20, 2016