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25 Jan 2018 19:00

IS IT ALL ABOUT TIME? Gender Equality in Czech Law and Practice

A talk by Dr Barbara Havelková /// While EU directives on anti-discrimination law have been transposed into Czech law, their implementation has been overwhelmingly ineffective in promoting the cause of gender equality. Dr Havelková examines why this should be so in her recently published book Gender Equality in Law: Uncovering the Legacies of State Socialism.

Looking back at the history of gender equality in law in the Czech Republic, her work traces the roots of contemporary attitudes to the socialist past, when a degree of equalisation was achieved without however the underlying intellectual grounding or understanding about inequality and its causes. It reveals the widespread belief among current Czech legislators that differences between men and women are natural, that inequality is thus understandable and that the law should not intervene. With no follow-up to ensure that EU member states are actually enforcing the law, it is unsurprising that very few anti-discrimination cases are being won.

"In Czech Republic, in reaction to the #metoo campaign, two presidential candidates stated they would welcome harassment by attractive women, and a popular director of children's films wore a t-shirt with the slogan 'Je suis Weinstein'. A woman has yet to fully win a discrimination case, the gender wage gap stands at 22 %, and midwives are criminally prosecuted for helping women give birth outside of hospitals. A 'gender curtain' continues to hang between Western and post-socialist Central and Eastern Europe with regards to gender equality. This talk explores why."  Barbara Havelková

Dr Barbara Havelková teaches at Lincoln College and the Faculty of Law at Oxford University, where she is the Shaw Foundation Fellow in Law. Former advisor to the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic on issues of gender and law, Barbara’s research and teaching interests include gender legal studies and feminist jurisprudence, equality and anti-discrimination law, constitutional law, EU law and law in post-socialist transitions. Her book, 'Gender Equality in Law: Uncovering the Legacies of Czech State Socialism', has been published by Hart/Bloomsbury in June 2017.

Admission £6 (+ £1.05 booking fee), free for BCSA members.

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Czech Embassy Cinema, 26 Kensington Palace Gardens, London W8 4QY


25 Jan 2018 19:00


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