FEMRAM members Professor Joan Meier and Associate Professor Molly Dragiewicz were among 271 experts on violence and gender who signed a letter to the Judiciary Committee opposing the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court of the United States without a full investigation of the reports of sexual assault and Kavanaugh’s reflections on the complex issue of violence against women which is one of the important issues considered by the court.
Kavanaugh has been reported by three women for three different sexual assaults. He displayed contempt for women and a belligerent demeanour during hearings before the Judiciary Committee last week.
The letter was delivered to committee members on Friday, September 28, 2018 and became a part of the hearing record. An earlier version of the letter was posted to the NYT at https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/27/opinion/letters/kavanaugh-hearing.html & on SSRN at https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3256446
Read the final letter and full list of signatories here
See Julie Goldscheid’s comments here
FEMRAM member Ruth Halperin-Kaddari was quoted in the 6 July 2018 article UN grills Australia on multiple failures to protect women against violence by Susan Hutchinson.
The article noted Australian cuts to domestic violence services such as women’s shelters, housing, financial, and legal services despite lip service to domestic violence reforms. It also criticised the abrupt decision to merge the Family Court with the Federal Circuit Court when a major review of family law system led by Professor Helen Rhoades is currently underway. The report from the Australian Law Review Commission is due to the Attorney-General by 31 March 2019. The committee backed calls for a Royal Commission into violence experienced by people with disabilities and implementation of the recommendations on violence experienced by Indigenous women and children.
Professor Halperin-Kaddari, an expert on family law and gendered violence, is Member, Chair of the Working Group on Inquiries and former Vice-Chair of the UN Committee on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). She teaches at Bar-Ilan University Faculty of Law, and is the Director of the Rackman Center for the Advancement of the Status of Women at Bar-Ilan University.