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Women Delivering Justice: Contributions, Barriers, Pathways

Date of Publication: 
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
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This report looks at the importance of women's professional participation in decision making bodies as a human right and crucial component of good governance, particularly in the justice sector. Despite gaps in data and research, as their numbers and influence solidify, women are emerging as important justice leaders. A growing body of empirical research suggests that women judges contribute to improved access to justice for women, by supporting women's specific justice needs across a range of issues. Yet, barriers remain to women's participation in the justice sector, including individual, social and institutional factors. The report examines the pathways that have facilitated women's accession in the sector, elaborating lessons and good practices and detailing policy recommendations to facilitate change.