Gender Equity in Our Nation’s Capital

UN Universal Periodic Review Joint Stakeholder Report

On October 3, 2019, the Gender Justice Project (GJP) at UDC Law teamed up with the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) to submit a Joint Stakeholder Report on Gender Equity in Our Nation’s Capital to the United Nations Human Rights Council. The report identifies five key areas in which women, especially women of color, lag behind on measures of economic security and personal liberty.

“At a time of great prosperity in our nation’s capital, far too many women lack basic human rights to economic security, affordable housing, and access to health care,” says Professor Laurie Morin, primary author of the report. “Women of color and LGBTQ individuals also experience gender-based violence and mass incarceration at alarmingly disproportionate rates.”

Two UDC Law students conducted research for the report as part of their Law & Justice community service hours. Students in the UDC Law Legislation Clinic, on behalf of UNA-NCA, also conducted research and helped edit the report. The Legislation Clinic will continue to represent UNA-NCA in advocacy before the D.C. Council.

Download a copy of the report here.


Nine Months Post-Inauguration: Moving Beyond Resistance

Creating an Action Plan for Gender Justice in the New Political Reality

On October 20, 2017, the Gender Justice Project held a symposium that brought together more than 150 law professors, students, and activists to discuss strategies for protecting and defending the rights of women and LGBTQ individuals in the Trump era. More than 20 speakers led conversations on topics ranging from employment rights, gender-based violence, Islamophobia, and marriage equality to intersectionality in political leadership and fighting for immigrant women and children in detention. Participants engaged in inequity storytelling and gender equity huddles, and witnessed spoken word performances by UDC’s “Professor Lyrical” and students in the Hear Me Lead Women’s Leadership Program.

Download a copy of the program here.