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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.

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The Rights of the Girl-Child

Children are an integral part of humanity. Consequently, international, regional and national standards for the protection of human rights apply to children as equally as they apply to adults. Thus, the Convention on the Rights of the Child (the CRC)1 guarantees rights such as the right to life, the freedom of expression, freedom of thought, conscience and religion and the freedom of association and of peaceful assembly. The CRC also guarantees the fundamental right to privacy and family and the right of the child to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, including a right to facilities for the treatment of illness.

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