Southeast Asia Judges and Gender Justice

23 September 2013 -- Imrana Jalal, Senior Social Development Specialist (Gender), and Patricia Rhee of the Office of the General Counsel, participated in a Judicial Colloquium in Bangkok on Gender Equality and the Role of the Judiciary in Promoting Women’s Access to Justice.

Imrana Jalal (ADB), presenter and session chair at the Judicial Colloquium on Gender Equality and the Role of the Judiciary in Promoting Women’s Access to Justice in Bangkok, Thailand.

The session was hosted by United Nations Women, the International Commission of Jurists and the Thai Judiciary, and funded by the Canadian Foreign Affairs ministry.

Imrana Jalal delivered a presentation on The Role of the Judiciary in Identifying Gaps Between domestic legislation and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW); and chaired two of the several sessions, on Judicial Decisions Addressing Violations of Women’s Human Rights in the Private Sphere, as well as a session on Judicial Decisions Addressing Violations of Women’s Human Rights in the Public Sphere.

The workshop aimed to look at some of the legal, cultural and social obstacles faced by South East Asian (SEA) Judges in applying CEDAW gender equality principles to decision making in the courts. See Program.