The Inter American Court Of Human Rights Is Looking For Women Judges

2021-01-27   |   by CusiGO

This fact cannot be questioned: in the history of the Inter American court of human rights, women accounted for only five of the 39 judges. Elizabeth odio, President of the American court of justice, and other women leaders from different fields in the United States, said in a statement that by 2021, it is time to narrow the gap, believing that gender equality is part of the same human rights advocated by the high court.

Odio, one of the only two women to chair the Inter American Commission on human rights in 40 years, will apply in Washington on Wednesday to the permanent Council of the organization of American States (OAS), which administers the conventions that make up the court. He will address the government representative responsible for nominating four of the seven seats on the Tribunal for a six-year term.

“We strongly appeal to States parties to nominate and elect suitable women to serve as judges of the Inter American court of human rights in order to achieve equal composition,” said the letter signed by the only female judge and President of the court since 2019, Selected as a message to improve women’s representation.

The document has also been signed by four other judges of the court, including Cecilia kiroga (the only president before hate) and jurists from the African continent, as well as Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the Convention on climate change from 2010 to 2016.

“Our mainland has high-quality women’s human rights lawyers as judges. The document states that their appointment to this post should not only be a measure to correct gender inequality, but also recognize women’s human capital and value, as well as the importance of their contribution to the protection of human rights in the hemisphere. “.

“Based on my experience as an international judge of this court and the International Criminal Court, I can demonstrate the necessity and practical significance of women’s effective participation in the administration of justice. “Gender equality is a human rights issue that must also be reflected in the realities of the institutions of the American system,” explained Elizabeth odio.

The Inter American court of justice in San Jose, Costa Rica, will operate in a remote manner during 2020, accompanied by other disruptions caused by epidemics and health restrictions, which is itself a challenge for the court, because of human rights, hatred and human rights Several countries in the region are showing a more prosperous conservative trend. In this regard, the agency faces almost permanent budgetary difficulties, and its jurisdiction is recognized by 20 of the 25 states parties to the Inter American Convention, despite the 35 member states of the organization of American States.