The Blog Formerly Known As Practical Paralegalism
I don’t watch much television, but it happened to be on while I was staring at a laundry basket which contained only socks, wondering how one family could acquire 87 single socks with no mates. My attention was captured by the always beautiful and articulate Oscar-winning actress and honorary chair of The Avon Foundation, Reese Witherspoon, announcing Avon’s launch of the new Women’s Empowerment Necklace to support domestic violence programs. She mentioned the companion Women’s Empowerment Bracelet created by Avon last year to raise funds for its first global charity project to support women’s programs, including the United Nations Development Fund for Women. I located the bracelet online and was struck by how pretty it is.
In a related news story, Avon and Cornell announced earlier this week that The Avon Foundation for Women has awarded a 1.5 million dollar grant to The Cornell University Law School to establish the Global Center for Women and Law.
Starting in the fall, the center will work with judges, legal professionals and governmental and nongovernmental organizations to improve access to justice, in an effort to eliminate violence against women and girls. Its main initiatives will include intensive legal clinical projects, providing legal research for judges, hosting conferences and events, and maintaining an extensive online library of relevant laws, articles and reports. The center also will serve as a forum for judges and legal practitioners to share ideas and strategies on the role of the justice system in facilitating access to justice for women victims of violence.