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.



Introductory Speech by Eleni Stamiris, Director, Gender and Youth Affairs Division, Commonwealth Secretariat

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you to this Judicial Colloquium which is organised by the Gender and Youth Affairs Division and the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat, in collaboration with the Commonwealth Magistrates' and Judges' Association and the Caribbean Community Secretariat. It is an unprecedented honour for us to have judges from fourteen Commonwealth countries and four dependencies at this Caribbean meeting, to deliberate on strategies for promoting the human rights of women and the girl-child through the Judiciary. I am pleased to welcome representatives of the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, both organisations working in the area of women's human rights.


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