The Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law brings together over 500 scholars, activists, NGO workers, government anti-discrimination agency lawyers and officials, PhD candidates and other graduate students, and legal practitioners from six continents, to address the problems of systemic inequality and discrimination. Its principal mission is to expand our understanding of inequality and discrimination through the tools of comparative legal studies, and to transfer that knowledge from those who study inequality to those who enforce anti-discrimination law. Its objective is not simply to study the problems of inequality and discrimination, but to help activists/advocates use the work of scholars to bring positive change globally.
On several occasions since its creation in 2010, PRESAGE engaged in international projects.
January-June 2020: Nazand Begikhani is visiting Professor at Sciences Po (Vincent Wright Chair)
Nazand Begikhani is a leading researcher on gender-based violence and has conducted research on many aspects of violence and gender relations, including honour-based violence and honour killings in Iraqi Kurdistan Region and inside the UK Kurdish diaspora, rape and sexual violence in Iraq and Syria, domestic violence, and family policy and practice in Kurdistan. She is currently researching gender-based violence and displacement, theorising women and war, sexual violence and slavery in the Middle East, focusing on ISIS war strategies.
October 2018: a workshop for scholars and practitioners
On October 6, 2018, Hélène Périvier, PRESAGE’s director, took part in the workshop of the Women and Gender in Global Affairs Network (WGGA) convened by Yasmine Ergas, director of the Gender and Public Policy specialization at Columbia SIPA. The meeting took place in Paris and gathered participants from 23 countries who discussed the challenges and opportunities of the current moment. They explored teaching and research in relation to gender and global affairs, and approaches linking academia and practice. Discussion also centered on the power of networks. Possible future activities, strategies through which the space for academic work on gender can be reinforced, and the importance of continuing to educate future generations were highlighted.
October 2017: a franco-american symposium
On October 20-21, 2017, Wellesley College organized an international symposium on education and gender equality. It was one of the largest international conferences about gender equality featured more than 70 international speakers from around the United States as well as Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Speakers included activist, professor and writer Angela Davis, former French Minister of Justice Christiane Taubira.
The event was sponsored by the Suzy Newhouse Center for Humanities at Wellesley College, the Consulate General of France in Boston and Sciences Po.
April-May 2017: Fran Bennett is invited professor at Sciences Po
On April-May 2017, the French Economic Observatory (OFCE) hosted Oxford’s senior researcher Fran Bennett as part of the Oxford-Sciences Po programme.
Fran Bennett's research focuses on social security policy, gender issues, and poverty and income distribution. She is also an independent consultant, and has written extensively on social policy issues for the UK government, NGOs and others. She is one of the UK independent experts on social inclusion for the European Commission.