GALA - Gender And Law Association

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The Gender & Law Association (GALA) was founded through the Gender and Legal Education in India Initiative. The goals of this association include facilitation in sharing of materials and information for the development of gender and law curricula, serving as a network for sharing ideas and strategies, and providing a forum for educators, activists and practitioners to work together for mainstreaming gender and legal education. The group wants to build a broad-based association not limited to law teachers alone.

Why Gender and Legal Education?

Given the ever-decreasing proportion of women to men in the last century in India, it is critical that gender issues are integrated into legal education. Despite a legal system which provides for a variety of de jure protections and opportunities for women, Indian women continue to suffer from widespread de facto sex-based discrimination. Domestic violence, sexual assault and sexual harassment aimed at women remain widespread, and literacy rates remain lower for women than men. Law schools play an integral role in promoting women's legal rights by training future lawyers, policy makers, and law reformers to be effective advocates for women's rights at a formative point in their careers. Education that incorporates a gender perspective can prevent new lawyers from perpetuating the system which currently exists. This is particularly true where it regards cases of gender-based violence, gender bias or other women's human rights concerns.

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News & Events

First GALA regional teachers´┐Ż training workshop on Mainstreaming Gender in Legal Education

GALA successfully concluded its first Regional Teachers´┐Ż Training Workshop for law teachers from the North of India on Mainstreaming Gender in Legal Education. It was a resounding success with 22 participants from ten different cities joining the workshop during 26-28 January 2007. It was delivered by Professor Ved Kumari as Workshop Director from Delhi University along with Professor Amita Dhanda from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad, Professor Kamala Sankaran from Indian Law Institute, Delhi, Dr. Vasanthi Nimushakavi from NALSAR University of Law, Hyderabad and Ms. Ruchira Goswami form National University of Juridical Science, Kolkota. Click here to read the Full Report.

The Gender and Law Association announces the results of the First Lotika Sarkar Essay Competition for Law Students.

The first Prize goes to Ms. Megha Ramani from NALSAR University of law, Hyderabad and the Second Prize goes to Ms. Karubakee Nandi of the NUJS Kolkatta. The winning essays will be published in the Lawyers Collective. For more information click here.

New Books by Members:

  • Child Marriage in India : Socio-Legal and Human Rights Dimensions by Jaya Sagade
  • The Juvenile Justice System in India : From Welfare to Rights by Ved Kumari