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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Publication date: 1 January 2000
Size: 245mm x 155mm
ISBN: 978-0-85092-577-7
Pages: 290

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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Preface  
Abbreviations  

Documents
Victoria Falls Declaration of Principles for Promoting the Human Rights of Women
Conclusions of the Asia/South Pacific Regional Judicial Colloquium for Senior Judges in the Domestic Application of International Human Rights Norms Relevant to Women’s Human Rights
Georgetown Recommendations and Strategies for Action on the Human Rights of Women and the Girl-Child  

Welcome Remarks by Justice Desirée Bernard, CCH, Chief Justice of Guyana  
Introductory Speech by Eleni Stamiris, Director, Gender and Youth Affairs Division, Commonwealth Secretariat  
Welcoming Speech by Indranie Chandarpal, Minister for Women’s Affairs, Guyana  
Opening Remarks by Nicola Padfield, Representative of the Commonwealth Magistrates’ and Judges’ Association  

INTERNATIONAL STANDARDS, NATIONAL COURTS AND GENDER ISSUES

Keynote Address by Justice P N Bhagwati, Former Chief Justice of India
Using General Human Rights Instruments to Advance the Human Rights of Women by Jane Connors, Chief, Women’ Rights Unit United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women
Using Gender-Specific Human Rights Instruments in Domestic Litigation: The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women by Andrew Byrnes, Associate Professor and Director, Centre for Comparative and Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong
Gender and the Judiciary; Confronting Gender Bias by Kathleen E Mahoney, Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, University of Glasgow
International and Regional Standards of Women’s Rights: Their Importance and Impact on the Domestic Scene – the Position in Zimbabwe by Justice A R Gubbay, Chief Justice of Zimbabwe
International Standards, Domestic Litigation and the Advancement of Women’s Rights: Perspectives and Experiences from the South Pacific by Justice Teresa Doherty, Justice of the Supreme Court and National Court of Papua New Guinea
The Relevance of International Standards to Constitutional Litigation in the Commonwealth Caribbean: A General Survey with Emphasis on Gender Equality Issues by Douglas Mendes, Faculty of Law, University of the West Indies
International Labour Standards of Particular Relevance to Women Workers: Application in the Caribbean by Constance Thomas, Senior Specialist, International Labour Standards, International Labour Office, Caribbean Office  

EQUALITY JURISPRUDENCE UNDER COMMONWEALTH CARIBBEAN CONSTITUTIONS LITIGATION RELATING TO THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF WOMEN

Eastern Caribbean by Justice Dennis Byron, Chief Justice, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
British Virgin Islands by Justice Ephraim F Georges, Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court
Guyana by Justice Claudette Singh, High Court of Guyana
Antigua and Barbuda by Justice Kenneth Benjamin, High Court of Antigua and Barbuda  

THE RIGHTS OF THE GIRL-CHILD

Protecting and Promoting the Rights of the Girl-Child in Commonwealth Jurisdictions with Emphasis on Commercial Sexual Exploitation by Florence Buteqwa, Managing Consultant, Associates for Change, Uganda
Protecting and Promoting the Rights of the Girl-Child in Caribbean Jurisdictions by Denise Noel-DeBique, Director, Women’s Affairs Division, Ministry of Community Development, Culture and Women’s Affairs, Trinidad and Tobago  

CARICOM MODEL LEGISLATION ON VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN IN THE AREAS OF SEXUAL OFFENCES, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL HARASSMENT

CARICOM Model Legislation on Violence against Women in the Areas of Sexual Offences, Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment: Comparison with International Standards and Existing Commonwealth Caribbean Legislation by Thelma Rodney-Edwards, Assistant General Counsel, Caribbean Community Secretariat
Violence against Women in the Commonwealth Caribbean - CARICOM Model Legislation on Violence against Women in the Areas of Sexual Offences, Domestic Violence and Sexual Harassment – Their Use in the Framing of National Legislation and a Comparison with International Standards by Margarette May Macaulay, Caribbean Association for Feminist Research and Action, Jamaica  

ANNEXES
A. Guide to Selected Human Rights Sources
B. List of Participants