SC, ICJ Hold Judicial Dialogue on Access to Justice for Women
November 22, 2022
First- and second-level trial court judges from the National Capital Region (NCR) and Luzon (first photo) and from the Visayas and Mindanao (second photo) participate in the National Judicial Dialogue on Access to Justice for Women at the EDSA Shangri-la in Mandaluyong City on November 17-18, 2022 (NCR and Luzon judges) and November 21-22, 2022 (Visayas and Mindanao judges). With the NCR and Luzon judges are Justice Maria Filomena D. Singh, Co-Chairperson of the Supreme Court Committee on Gender Responsiveness in the Judiciary, or CGRJ (center, first photo), and retired Philippine Judicial Academy Chancellor and Supreme Court Justice Adolfo S. Azcuna (next to Justice Singh) of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) while joining the Visayas and Mindanao judges is Justice Amy C. Lazaro-Javier (center, second photo). Not in photo is Supreme Court Justice Henri Jean Paul B. Inting, Co-Chairperson of the CGRJ, who delivered the closing remarks.
The Dialogue, organized by the ICJ in partnership with the Supreme Court through the SC Program Management Office, is organized to support the courts by advocating the use of a gender perspective in the judicial decision-making process of judges nationwide; and by adopting the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), Bangkok General Guidance (BGG) and other human rights principles on gender equality in interpreting domestic laws.
The Dialogue aims to discuss and address gender issues and stereotypes in the court room that influence the decision-making processes of judges, as well as identify cultures and traditions that may pose as roadblocks in applying a gender perspective; provide assistance in the understanding and application of gender equality and non-discrimination principles, and encourage judges to adopt and apply the CEDAW, BGG, and other relevant international human rights principles; review national laws and standards that promote gender sensitivity and substantive gender equality including
R.A. 9710 or the Magna Carta for Women, and the SC Guidelines on Gender Fair Language and Courtroom Etiquette; and develop reference points and indicators for the monitoring of gender mainstreaming in the Judiciary. The ICJ is a non-governmental organization devoted to promoting the understanding and observance of the rule of law, and the legal protection of human rights throughout the world. It enjoys consultative status in the United Nations Economic and Social Council, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the Council of Europe and the African Union. The ICJ also maintains cooperative relations with various bodies of the Organization of American States. (Courtesy of the Supreme Court Public Information Office)