IBAHRI Showcase: Women ‘firsts’ – how does international and domestic law help (or hinder) women to succeed - Part 1

Gender equality is a fundamental aspect of international human rights and Australian anti-discrimination legislation. However, the precise meaning of equality is debated and the means by which equality is achieved are unclear. As more women attain prominent positions, what effect does this have on the meaning and application of concepts such as equality and affirmative action?
The panel comprised eminent women who have broken the glass ceiling in their professions, including the legal profession. They discussed women’s rights and women’s advancement in the context of their own histories, as well as in relation to domestic and international laws, and other factors, that helped or hindered them.