Gender stereotyping: Activities and events

Addressing judicial stereotyping in Panama, workshop 29-30 November 2018

OHCHR, in coordination with the Panama Judiciary Training School and the Unit on Gender and Access to Justice of the Supreme Court of Justice, organized a national workshop on judicial gender-stereotyping. The purpose of the workshop was to strengthen the capacities of judges and other key judiciary officials, by addressing wrongful gender stereotyping while considering cases of violence and sexual attacks against women and girls. The workshop was attended by 28 participants, including judges and magistrates, public defenders as well as relevant officials from other institutions, including the Ombudsman’s Office, the Women’s National Institute and the Gender Unit of the University of Panama. This workshop was also attended by the only female magistrate of the Supreme Court of Justice of Panama, Ms. Angela Russo; the former Vice-Ministry of Justice of Ecuador and the Secretary of MECSEVI (Follow-up mechanisms of the OAS Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence against Women), who shared different country experiences and reflected on the role the judiciary can play in upholding women’s rights by including a gender perspective. During this two-day workshop the importance of applying UN and inter-American standards, such as the due diligence principle, through prompt and impartial investigations, judgements and comprehensive reparation, was also recalled as a means to guarantee an effective access to justice for women.

Continuing capacity-building on countering judicial stereotyping in Argentina  training held in Salta, 14-15 June 2018

On 14 and 15 June 2018, OHCHR together with the Women’s Office of the Court of Justice of Salta, the Magistrate’s School and OHCHR organised a workshop with judges in the region which aimed to promote and strengthen the role that the Judiciary in Salta can play in defending women's rights by addressing harmful gender stereotypes, reflecting on the impact of stereotyping in cases of gender-based violence, sexual rights and reproductive health.

At the workshop, the experiences and expertise of the judiciary in Salta and in other provinces were exchanged. Presentations were also given by Ms Maria Esther Cafure de Battistelli, Academic Director of the Women’s Office of the Court of the Judiciary in the Province of Córdoba, Member of the International Association of Women Judges and Advisory Member of the Association of Women Judges of Argentina, and Ms Verónica Ginares, Judge from Uruguay.

The workshop was a direct follow-up from the pilot workshop held in Buenos Aires in November 2017. OHCHR intends to continue working on addressing judicial gender stereotyping in the country.

The role of the judiciary in addressing harmful gender stereotypes, workshop held in Montevideo, Uruguay, 2-4 May 2018

From 2-4 May 2018, OHCHR in coordination with the United Nations Country Team of Uruguay and the Centre for Judicial Studies of Uruguay conducted a workshop with judges in Montevideo on addressing judicial gender stereotyping.

During the workshop, 25 judges from around the country discussed on how the judiciary can address harmful stereotypes in relation to cases of gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive rights in order to more effectively defend and fulfil of women's rights in the context of the implementation of the newly approved integral law on gender-based violence in Uruguay. Dr. Lucy Blacio, Vice Minister of Justice of Ecuador, shared her expertise on the topic from the perspective of the Ecuadorian judiciary.

Pilot Workshop in Buenos Aires, Argentina: The Role of the Judiciary in Addressing Wrongful Stereotyping, , 22-23 November 2017

On 22-23 November 2017, OHCHR conducted a workshop on judicial gender stereotyping in Buenos Aires with the support of the Office of Women and the Office of Domestic Violence of the Supreme Court. The workshop was attended by 30 judges and facilitated by OHCHR. The workshop considered the role that the judiciary can play in the country in upholding women’s rights by addressing harmful gender stereotypes and wrongful gender stereotyping, discussed the impact of judicial stereotyping in cases concerning gender-based violence and sexual and reproductive health and rights, and facilitated the development of concrete follow-up actions.