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For the third instalment of ISLA Conversations, Sibongile Ndashe will be in conversation with Dr Ruth Nekura about legal strategies to defend women who face defamation and criminal sanctions for public disclosure for sexual violence. From Kenya to France, recent jurisprudence is establishing a dangerous trend of using court precedent to institutionalise patriarchal paradigms that silence women who experience violence. In the past, the defences of truth/justification and public interest were used. In this conversation we ask, how can these and other defences be broadened in light of the state obligations to protect women from violence? What is the deficiency in the current understanding of defamation laws? Join us as we explore the history of defamation laws, and the evolution that is now being demanded of the same since the #MeToo and #TimesUP movements.