The Justice For Women Lecture Series brings a distinguished speaker to Maine annually to present a public lecture and to contribute to a global conversation about justice for women and girls in the developing world.

The Lecture Series was established in 2011 with the generous support and leadership of Catherine Lee of Lee International.

2017 Justice For Women Lecture

Zainah AnwarThe 2017 Justice For Women Lecture featuring Zainah Anwar will take place Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 7:00 pm in the Abromson Community Education Center. Ms. Anwar will discuss What Islam, Whose Islam? The Struggle for Women’s Right to Equality and Justice in Muslim Contexts.

Ms. Anwar of Malaysia is a founding member of Sisters in Islam and is currently the Director of Musawah, the global movement for equality and justice in the Muslim family. She is at the forefront of the women’s movement working towards an end of the use of Islam to justify discrimination against women. Sisters in Islam has successfully created a public voice through which women can demand equality and justice. Musawah has brought together scholars and activists from over 50 countries to produce new feminist scholarship in Islam, to train activists on women’s rights in Islam, and to challenge the evasion of human rights standards.

Admission is free, but registration is required as we anticipate a full house.  Register online at: mainelawcommunity.org/2017jfw or by calling 207.780.4344.


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    2016, “Overcoming Food Insecurity – Ideas & Inspirations from Zimbabwe to Maine” [Video]
  • Ruchira Gupta, Founder & President of Apne Aap Women Worldwide (India)
    2015, “Ending Sex Trafficking by Putting the Last Girl First” [Video]
  • Dr. Sima Samar, Chair of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (Afghanistan)
    2014, “Women’s Rights in Afghanistan” [Video]
  • Hon. Albie Sachs, former activist and lawyer (South Africa)
    2013, “50 Years with Nelson Mandela: From Law Breaking to Law Making” (special lecturer)
  • Leymah Gbowee, 2011 Nobel Peace Laureate, Author, and Liberian Peace Activist (Liberia)
    2013, “The Rule of Law and Justice for Victims of Sexual Violence” [Video]
  • Hon. Unity Dow, International Human Rights Advocate, Novelist, and Former Judge, Botswana High Court (Botswana)
    2012, “Juggling Truths: When Justice is a Moving Target” [Video]

Advisory Council

The Justice For Women Lecture Series Advisory Council, which includes leaders from the U.S. and abroad, assists in identifying and welcoming distinguished lecturers annually.