Event: Human Rights, conflict and dancing in Colombia - 7 June 2017

The Wellington Branch of the New Zealand Law Society's Women in Law Committee is hosting Wellington lawyer, Sarah Cates, who will share her professional and personal insights and reflections following her sabbatical working in human rights in Colombia in the framework of the armed conflict. Sarah worked as an international observer and accompanier, accompanying human rights defenders and lawyers whose lives are at risk for the work that they do in support of human rights.
 
Sarah will talk about the human rights situation in Colombia, the grave risks human rights defenders and lawyers face, and the assignments she had. She will also give her view on the implication of Colombia's recent Peace Agreement to end almost 70 years of conflict with the guerilla group FARC. Sarah will also share about her enriching personal journey whilst in Colombia; the joys, challenges and learnings she experienced, which she applies in her everyday life here and her role as a lawyer.
 
The event is sponsored by Russell McVeagh and is free. All practitioners are welcome. This event is CPD compatible and forms will be available on the night.
 
Please join us on Wednesday, 7 June 2017 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Russell McVeagh, Level 24, Vodafone Building, 157 Lambton Quay, Wellington CBD.
 
RSVP your attendance ASAP by 5 June 2017 as seats are limited: WLCsarahcates@gmail.com
 
Please note this is the same event that was originally advertised in Council brief for 4 April 2017, but was postponed.
 
For more information on Sarah’s background and work in Colombia, see these links to articles published in Law Talk last year:

http://www.lawsociety.org.nz/lawtalk/lawtalk-archives/issue-872/working-for-peace-in-colombia
https://www.lawsociety.org.nz/lawtalk/issue-894/working-for-peace,-human-rights-and-justice-in-colombia