Optimistic Objectives is the result of a unique collaboration between Warwick Law School and Soroptimist International of Kenilworth & District. It is the product of a symposium held at the University of Warwick, England, in June 2010, at which scholars from the Law School shared their research with an audience of Soroptimists, whose own expertise and insights in turn threw new and unexpected light upon current academic debate.
Structured around the 10 International Objectives adopted at the SI Conference in Glasgow, 2007, the topics ranged from domestic violence to international genocide, from the subtle pressures which control women’s healthcare choices here in the UK to the overt problems they face in Afghanistan, and from gender awareness in the Indian judicial process to women’s role in meeting the challenges of climate change.
The resulting papers, brought together as Optimistic Objectives (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Optimistic-Objectives-Proceedings-Soroptimist-International/dp/0956384722/ref=sr_1_13?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1336646942&sr=1-13 )cover a broad and fascinating range of issues and will be of relevance not only to Soroptimists but also to academics and to anybody with an interest in issues of gender and the law.
Tackling Domestic Violence
In May 2011, SI Kenilworth & District and Warwick University Law School held a symposium devoted to the flagship project
Violence Against Women: Stop It Now!
Academics and Soroptimists were joined by students, representatives of Victim Support, Women’s Refuge, and other bodies.
The papers from the day, together with specially commissioned chapters addressing key issues, have been brought together in an edited collection, Tackling Domestic Violence (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Tackling-Domestic-Violence-2011-International/dp/0956384765).