Day 1 of the conference will be devoted to culture clashes with the law, including child marriage, forced marriage and the shifting problems facing women in the new constitutions being crafted in the Middle East.
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Now, welcoming words from Stephen Dunbar, Publisher of the International Herald Tribune, which is partnering with the Thomson Reuters Foundation in presenting the Trust Women Conference.
Stephen Dunbar-Johnson welcomes the delegates and thanks all of the sponsors who have made the conference possible.
"I would particularly like to thank this dynamo called Monique Villa," Dunbar-Johnson said. IHT's inspiration for covering women's issues, he said, came from Nick Kristof and Sheryl Wu-Dunn's book "Half the Sky."
"Whilst there has been enormous progress on women's rights throughout the developing world, clearly there is much more to do," Dunbar-Johnson said. He pledged that the IHT will continue to cover this important subject and the conference is yet another example of that commitment.
The IHT will continue to apply, without fear or favour, its journalism to women's issues and women's rights, says Stephen Dunbar-Johnson of the IHT #twconf12 @IHT
Dunbar-Johnson introduced the first speaker, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, the first woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize from Iran for her work on women's rights. A lawyer, she has written numerous books and articles on women's rights.
Dr. Shirin Ebadi spoke in her native Farsi about the importance of achieving and developing women's rights in Iran. She spoke of how law can follow culture and where the intersection of law and culture can be difficult to resolve.
My question is: which culture? Law should follow from which culture?