UN Panel Thursday to Launch GQUAL Campaign to Promote Gender Equality in International Courts

11891076_1452883345040408_3869322194881015905_nGlobal campaign seeks to achieve gender parity across international tribunals & other monitoring bodies

Women are underrepresented across almost all international and regional tribunals and monitoring bodies in charge of making important decisions for societies, including issues of human rights, borders, security and peace. Up until September 2015, only 17% of all positions within major international tribunals are occupied by women and in regional human rights courts, only 25%. At the UN Special Procedures, 19 out of 52 positions have never been held by a woman.  

Gqual: A Campaign for Gender Parity in International Representation aims to #ChangethePicture and encourage the presentation and appointment of qualified women in international courts and other bodies.  The campaign will launch during the UN General Assembly tomorrow (Sep 17) and will feature the publication of a Declaration that has garnered the signed support of more than 600 prominent academics, lawyers, representatives of civil society, Nobel laureates, government representatives and diplomatic figures, including Vice-President of Costa Rica Ana Helena Chacón; Swedish Minister of Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström; President of the International Criminal Court, Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi; and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Jody Williams.

Follow the progress of this campaign using the hashtag #ChangethePicture and by following @Gqualcampaign.