Gender Equality and the Judiciary

Using International Human Rights Standards to Promote the Human Rights of Women and the Girl-child at the National Level

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This publication presents papers contributed by senior judges, lawyers, academics and representatives of international and non-government organisations involved in promoting the human rights of women and the girl-child. It provides an overview of international and regional human rights standards relevant to the human rights of women, highlights the importance of using a gender perspective in judicial decision-making, examines challenges involved in promoting the human rights of women and the girl-child in domestic litigation, and explores ways in which international human rights standards can be relied on to ensure gender equality at the national level.



CARICOM Model Legislation on Violence against Women in the Areas of Sexual Offences, Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment: Comparison with International Standards and Existing Commonwealth Caribbean Legislation

Universal acclaim for the principle of equality of men and women has been recognised by the United Nations since the adoption of its Charter, which includes in its preamble the goal "to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women".1 Since then, many resolutions, declarations and conventions have been adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in relation to the status of women and the girl-child, the most important being the Convention on the Elimination of A l l Forms of Discrimination Against Women (the CEDAW Convention),2 which was adopted on 18 December 1979, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC),3 which was adopted on 20 November 1989.


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