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.



International Standards, National Courts and Gender Issues

I must congratulate the Gender and Youth Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat for organising this Judicial Colloquium for the senior judges of the Caribbean region for discussing the domestic application of international women's human rights norms. You will be aware that the first Judicial Colloquium on the subject of domestic application of international human rights norms was convened by myself in Bangalore, India under the auspices of the Legal Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat, where predominantly South Asian and South-East Asian Judges of the superior courts met in order to discuss this important topic.


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