Gender Equality in Law: Uncovering the Legacies of Czech State Socialism
A Talk and Book Presentation by Barbara Havelkova, PhD
Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 7pm
Bohemian National Hall
321 E 73 Str, 3rd Floor
New York City
Gender equality law in Czechia, as in other parts of post-socialist Central and Eastern Europe, is facing serious challenges. When obliged to adopt, interpret and apply anti-discrimination law as a condition of membership of the EU, Czech legislators and judges have repeatedly expressed hostility and demonstrated a fundamental lack of understanding of key ideas underpinning it. This important new study explores this skepticism to gender equality law, examining it with reference to legal and socio-legal developments that started in the state-socialist past and that remain relevant today.
Barbara Havelková is the Shaw Foundation Fellow in Law at Lincoln College and Faculty of Law, University of Oxford. She teaches EU Law, public law, human rights, comparative equality law and feminist jurisprudence. Her research concentrates on legal regulation of gender during State Socialism and in post-communist transition in Central Europe. Barbara completed her first degree in law at the Charles University in Prague, and also holds an LL.M. from Europa-Institut of Saarland University and a DPhil from Oxford. She was previously a lecturer and fellow at the University of Cambridge and visited several law schools as a guest researcher, including Harvard University and University of Michigan as a Fulbright scholar and the NYU as an Emile Noel Fellow. Barbara acts as an advisor to the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic on issues of gender and law.
We will resume our programs starting in September.
In September, we are preparing two events. The first will be a talk by a young Oxford professor Barbara Havelková about her new book Gender Equality in Law: Uncovering the Legacies of Czech State Socialism. Then, in cooperation with the Slovak Consulate, our talented member Gabriel Levický will present and interpret a selection of his Gablevages, collages with poetic and political undertones. In October, we will host a presentation by young Czech progressive architects from the studio Architects A1 in Prague. It will draw a new audience from the world of architecture. We will cooperate with the Storefront for Arts organization and Cooper Union. In November, the seventh 6-Minute Challenge will welcome more Czechs and Slovaks of New York to present their interesting work and projects. In December, we plan to partner with other BBLA organizations and organize a sing-along of traditional Christmas songs led by a professional singer and with texts and pronunciation instructions provided to the audience.
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Have a splendid summer!
Wednesday, June 21 at 7pm, 2017
A farewell event with the Consul General of the Czech Republic
Join us in thanking Martin for his friendship and continuous support, and in wishing him happy sailing to his new destination.
Moderated by Chris Harwood
Come learn Martin’s amazing career trajectory. From a boy growing up in Pardubice to a university student in Prague. From a dissident under communism to mayor of the regional metropolis Hradec Králové. From a UN mission in Kosovo to elections in Ukraine and rebuilding in Iraq, to joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2004. From a trade post at the Czech Embassy in Washington to the Consul General in New York in 2012.
Martin shared his Kosovo experiences in his book, Kosovo na vlastní kuži (Kosovo under My Skin), which was published in 2001 with an introduction by Václav Havel, and he wrote regular columns in MF Dnes daily about Iraq’s reconstruction in 2003. He speaks five languages. Martin and his wife Zuzana are both avid and accomplished photographers. We are encouraging them to publish a book of photographs from their time in New York.
A light reception will follow the Q&A.
Photo by Zuzana Dvoráková
PHOTOS FROM THE EVENT ARE AVAILABLE AT SVU NY FACEBOOK .