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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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Welcome Remarks at the Opening of the Caribbean Regional Colloquium for Senior Judges on the Promotion of the Human Rights of Women and the Girl-Child through the Judiciary

This Colloquium is the last in a series of such colloquia arranged by the Commonwealth Secretariat in the various geographical regions of the world to encourage wider application of international and regional human rights standards at national level. The first colloquium was held in 1988 in Bangalore, India, under the auspices of the Legal Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat, where the Bangalore Principles were adopted.1 The Bangalore Principles indicate the need for practical measures to be implemented to ensure that international human rights norms are given full effect in national courts and have been reaffirmed at the four subsequent colloquia.

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