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Equity and justice: the presence of women in the Supreme Court of Justice

Equity and justice: the presence of women in the Supreme Court of Justice

Why is it important to promote more women in decision-making positions in general, and in the Supreme Court of Justice in particular? Because it is part of the commitments that the Argentine State has assumed to ensure equality and non-discrimination in access to public functions and to ensure balanced gender representation, both in the Constitution and in several of the signed International Treaties.

Furthermore, because not promoting the candidacy of a woman would imply consolidating the setback in a court that has demonstrated particular leadership in the progress towards women’s equality through active policies to improve access to justice, such as the creation of the Domestic Violence Office and also the research and training work promoted by the Women’s Office. Both initiatives were created and led by the two judges who made up the Court.

Experience shows that the moments of greatest political participation of women in decision-making spaces coincided with the advancement of women’s rights: lhe milestones that we have highlighted in the timeline of these 40 years of democracy show this. The truth is that the experiences that many women go through, even considering the great diversity of their life trajectories, make it at least likely that they will incorporate these problems into the political agenda. This was the case, for example, of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which advanced international standards in relation to women’s rights at times when female judges were incorporated into its composition (think, for example, of the paradigmatic Campo case Cotton).

In any case, the representation of women’s interests is not necessarily reflected in female candidates and that is why the objective of pursuing the equitable participation of women must go hand in hand with a clear commitment to gender equality in all those people who are proposed to integrate the Supreme Court of Justice. Men and women have, equally, the same mandate. Women also have the possibility of contributing to consolidating more democratic representation.

There are many female candidates with experience, training, integrity, honesty, commitment to human rights and gender equality. There are plenty of candidates. The political decision does not seem to go in that direction, but since it is a process that, according to our National Constitution, requires the agreement of the Senate, it will be up to the senators to take sides in favor of equality.

Lawyer and Executive Director of the Latin American Justice and Gender ELA Team.

Source: Ambito

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