In honor of International Women’s Day, the Rule of Law Collaborative at the University of South Carolina is pleased to release the video of the keynote conversation that launched its symposium: Women as Agents of Change in Rule of Law, held at the USC School of Law on February 21-22. The event brought together women change agents from South Carolina and around the globe to discuss strategies in pursuit of justice and inequality. Participants noted that in order to promote sustainable development and inclusive societies, it is imperative that the rights of women are fully respected; justice and accountability mechanisms are responsive to the needs of women; and women are able to assume leadership positions and participate fully and freely in the decisions that affect their lives.
The following keynote conversation features Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, who fought against the racial injustices of her country and led a movement for social and political transformation in South Africa. Dr. Ramphele is a leader and innovator in every sector imaginable – social justice, medicine, business, and politics. During her conversation with Mr. William Hubbard, Member of the Board of Trustees at the University of South Carolina and Partner at the law firm Nelson Mullins, Dr. Ramphele highlighted the gap between the development of norms promoting women’s empowerment, both at the domestic and international level, and the challenges and realities women face in their daily lives. She emphasized the potential that women have for them to transform the political, economic, social and cultural spheres of their society that support and enable women to be agents of change.
Video of the complete symposium proceedings will appear on the Rule of Law Collaborative YouTube channel soon. Visit the Collaborative’s website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for announcements.