|Member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women|
|Born||May 15, 1966|
|Alma mater||Yale Law School|
|Awards||International Women of Courage Award|
Ruth Halperin-Kaddari (born 15 May 1966; Hebrew: -?) is an Israeli legal scholar and international women's rights advocate who is known for her work on family law, feminist legal theory, women's rights in international law, and women and religion. She is vice chair of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, and has served on the committee since 2006. She is Professor of Law at the Bar-Ilan University and is the founding Director of the Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Center for the Advancement of the Status of Women. She is also involved in international academic collaborations on the theme of women, state, and religion, and participates in international litigations as an expert on Israeli family law. 
She was one of the first recipients of the U.S. Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award for her work on international women's rights in 2007. She was ranked as one of the world's hundred most influential people in gender equality policy in 2018.
She studied law at the Bar-Ilan University, where she earned her LL.B. in 1989. She subsequently earned an LL.M. in 1990 and a Doctor of Juridical Science in 1993, both at Yale Law School in the United States. She is Professor of Law at the Bar-Ilan University; in 2001 she founded the Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Center for the Advancement of the Status of Women, a social-legal centre that works to advance gender justice, and she has served as the centre's director since its establishment.
She was elected by the state parties to a four-year term on the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women in 2006 and was vice chairperson of the committee from 2009 to 2010. At the time of her election she was the committee's youngest member. She was reelected to her second term on the committee in 2010 and to her third term in 2014. She was again elected vice chairperson of the committee in 2017. On the committee she served for over a decade alongside the former French Minister of Gender Equality Nicole Ameline and the UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict and UN Under-Secretary-General Pramila Patten.
In 2001 she founded the Ruth and Emanuel Rackman Center for the Advancement of the Status of Women, a social-legal centre that works to advance gender justice, and she has served as the centre's director since its establishment. Established at Bar-Ilan University's Faculty of Law with the goal of improving women's status and bringing an end to gender discrimination and inequality in Israeli society, The Rackman Center is now proud to be the forefront organization of legal and social change for women in family law in Israel, working to fulfill the vision of advancing women's rights, and bettering women's standing within family law in general and Jewish family law in particular.
She is a recipient of numerous research grants and prizes, including two major grants from the Israel Science Foundation (2000, 2005); the Zeltner Award for Young Legal Scholars (2000); She received the U.S. Secretary of State's International Women of Courage Award in 2007 for her work on international women's rights.; the Katan Award for the Advancement of Gender Justice through Voluntary Work, awarded by the Ruach Nashit NGO in Israel (2014); in March 2016 she was awarded with the Rappaport Prize for Women Generating Change in Israeli Society; and in January 2017 she received the Knights of Quality Government Award by the Movement for Quality Government in Israel. In 2018 she named on Apolitical's 100 most influential people in gender policy around the world.
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