The International Symposium on Girls in Conflict with the Law launches on October 27, 2020 and runs through March 2021. The webinar series brings leading experts together to explore the unique vulnerabilities that girls’ face when they come into conflict with the law. 

Dui Hua joins its partners Patricia Lee, Managing Attorney of the Juvenile Unit of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office; the Centre of Comparative and Public Law and the Centre for Criminology of the University of Hong Kong (HKU); and Penal Reform International in proudly presenting the International Symposium on Girls in Conflict with the Law.  

Through panel discussions, keynote addresses, and research presentations presenters will speak to and share best practices on specific topics. Expert presenters from 10 countries will share their expertise on topics including criminal procedures for girl offenders; restorative justice and diversion practices; sex trafficking of girls; services to address mental illness, drug abuse or physical disability; and the psychological and social impacts on girl offenders worldwide.  


Watch Introducing the International Symposium on Girls in Conflict with the Law with Remarks on the Middle East and North Africa.

 

Watch Introducing the International Symposium on Girls in Conflict with the Law with Remarks on Hong Kong.


Upcoming Event

GIRLS IN CONFLICT WITH THE LAW: VOICES FROM AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST

DECEMBER 14 @ 8:00 AM PST

Nearly half of the population in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) is aged under 24 according to UNICEF, and 60 percent of Africa’s total population is under 25 according to the Brookings Institute. Lawyer and activist Nafula Wafula, legal expert Ann Skelton, and Penal Reform International’s Taghreed Jaber explore the unique challenges and vulnerabilities faced by girls in conflict with the law in East Africa, South Africa, and the MENA region. This panel is moderated by Dui Hua Executive Director John Kamm.

Registration is required. If would like to attend and have not received an invitation, please contact duihua (at) duihua (dot) org.

Meet the Speakers

Taghreed Jaber is the Regional Director for Penal Reform International (PRI) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). She has 20 years of experience working in the field of human rights, 12 of them with PRI in the region. 

Nafula Wafula is the Vice Chairperson for Policy and Advocacy at the Commonwealth Youth Council and founder of SEMA, a youth-targeted initiative combatting female genital mutilation in Kenya. 

Dr. Ann Skelton has worked as a children’s rights lawyer in South Africa for over 25 years. She played a leading role in child law reform with the committees of the South African Law Reform Commission that drafted the Child Justice Act and the Children’s Act.

John Kamm is an American businessman and human rights campaigner active in China since 1972. He is the founder and chairman of the Dui Hua Foundation.


PRESS STATEMENT

 

Announcing the International Symposium on Girls in Conflict with the Law

 

SAN FRANCISCO (October 23, 2020) – Dui Hua is excited to announce the opening of the International Symposium on Girls in Conflict with the Law next Tuesday, October 27. This innovative exchange will bring experts together at the intersection of juvenile justice and gender-sensitive policy.

On Tuesday, Managing Attorney of the Juvenile Unit of the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office Patricia Lee will speak about the unprecedented closing of San Francisco’s juvenile hall. Ms. Lee is a co-host of the symposium. The first event also features remarks from Dui Hua Executive Director John Kamm and Taghreed Jaber, the Regional Director for North Africa and the Middle East for Penal Reform International.

The symposium will continue through March 2021 with 12 online panels and presentations featuring some of the world’s foremost experts on juvenile justice from North America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

The symposium functions as a corrective to decades of neglect and ineffective policy. Participants will explore the question of why girls are the fastest growing demographic coming into conflict with the law, and they will examine the disproportionate risks girls face before, during, and after they enter the legal system. Participants will raise awareness on this crisis, exchange best practices, and make recommendations for policy and research.

Partnering with Dui Hua and Patricia Lee are the Centre of Comparative and Public Law and the Centre for Criminology of the University of Hong Kong (HKU), as well as Penal Reform International. The symposium follows the success of several related programs undertaken by Dui Hua, including five juvenile justice exchanges with China’s Supreme People’s Court and the 2014 exchange “Women in Prison: An International Symposium on the Bangkok Rules.”

For more information about the International Symposium on Girls in Conflict with the Law please contact us at duihua (at) duihua (dot) org.


A list of events and their dates is below, with more to be confirmed later.

  • Introducing the International Symposium on Girls in Conflict with the Law with Remarks on Africa and Middle East: October 27, 2020
  • Introducing the International Symposium on Girls in Conflict with the Law with Remarks on Hong Kong: November 10, 2020 (November 11 for Asia-based participants)
  • Pathways Into and Out of Offending for Girls: November 18, 2020
  • Girls in Conflict with the Law: Voices from Africa and the Middle East: December 14, 2020
  • International Perspectives on Girls in Conflict with the Law: January 14, 2021
  • Juvenile Incarceration: Alternatives: January 15, 2021
  • Girls in Conflict with the Law in Hong Kong and Guangzhou: January 29, 2021
  • Richard Ross’ Presentation on the Girls-in-Justice Photography Project: February 2, 2021
  • Findings and Calls to Justice with a Focus on Indigenous Girls and Youth in Canada: February 15, 2021
  • Sex Trafficking: February 23, 2021

Learn about past Dui Hua expert exchanges here.