The Gender & Law Association (GALA) welcomes law teachers, practitioners, advocates, scholars and law students interested in issues concerning gender, the law and legal education. Founded in 2004, GALA is borne out of the Gender and Legal Education in India Initiative, a collaborative effort led by law teachers, practitioners, and advocates from India and from the American University Washington College of Law.
GALA strives to raise awareness and protection about gender-based discrimination through education. GALA is concerned with enhancing India's legal system to provide better protections and opportunities for women who continue to suffer from widespread sex-based discrimination and gender-based violence. Before the law can be made more sensitive to gender issues, GALA believes that gender perspectives must be given a place in legal education and institutes of higher education in India.
GALA strives to integrate gender perspectives and understandings into Indian legal education. In order to effectively promote and raise awareness of women's legal rights and gender-based violence, lawyers, policy makers and legal reformers must understand the ways in which gender perspectives are systematically ignored by our understandings and practices of the law. GALA therefore operates as a forum for discussion and debate as well as a resource network providing the tools and information on how practitioners, educators, advocates and students can enable gender mainstreaming in legal education.
We invite you to come and join us and become a part of our movement by using, sharing and contributing to the resources of GALA. If you are interested in becoming a member, please click here to download the application form.