Women Serving Justice

The Sixteenth Meeting of Women Judges from the highest Latin-American justice bodies is taking place for the first time in Havana with 17 countries involved. The feminization of poverty and the administration of justice are the main topics of the agenda.

By: Susana Gómes Bugallo

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2015-11-10 | 14:05:22 EST
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The president of the People’s Supreme Court (TSP) Rubén Remigio Ferro said during his opening speech at the Sixteenth Meeting of Women Judges from the highest Latin-American justice bodies, which started last Monday in the Habana Libre in Havana, that women judges represent the 80 percent of the officials in Cuban courts, and women have 75 percent of the senior management posts in the judicial system. 

 These figures —said the president of the TSP— show the female participation in the justice management in Cuba.

 For her part, the President of the National Union of Cuban Lawyers (UNJC) Migdalia Velázquez talked about the Gender and Law project developed by this organization for training the professionals linked with these areas in coordination with several groups and academies.

 The Sixteenth Meeting of Women Judges...under the slogan For a Gender Justice, arrived for the first time in Havana after 15 years of creating awareness on these topics. On this occasion, the debates are focused on the feminization of poverty and the administration of justice, and 92 delegates from 17 countries are participating, highlighting among them important personalities of international bodies like the UN Latin-American Institute for Crime Prevention and the Treatment of Offenders (Ilanud) and the Oxfam International Confederation.

 The Secretary for the Federation of Cuban Women (FMC) Teresa Amarelle Boué conveyed to the participants the greetings from the more than four millions members of the FMC in Cuba, and noted the achievements of the Cuban women in economics, politics and society.

 The President of the Justice and Gender Foundation with venue in Costa Rica, Roxana Arroyo, who is also the coordinator of the meeting together with the TSP, the FMC and the UNJC in Cuba, asked how they could go deeper into the necessary criteria for a correct interpretation of justice, which makes us advance from the integrity, universalization and interdependence of the human rights, given that this is impossible without the implementation of the gender perspective.

 Roxana Arroyo said that the fundamentalism of the market has caused the sequestration of democracy and this has an impact over the access for the integral development of the majority. With the existence of the narrow link between gender inequality and economic inequality, however, the patriarchal system becomes deeper by means of the economic fundamentalism. 

 She added that many strategies have allowed good practices, like training and policies in favor of gender equality and justice’s look that allows women to be seen, eradicating the androcentric approach in the law. 

 The expert of the UN Human Rights Council Dr. Alda Facio, gave a keynote lecture focused on the parable that explains the origin of the patriarchate through pacific methods like religioun, justice or culture, or by violent methods. Other panels discussed the women’s economic rights and discrimination in the administration of justice for women, on this first day of the meeting.

 During the meeting, a summary of the 15 previous meetings, that have been achieving a change in the implementation of justice in the participant countries and have generated projects like the diagnostics of gender and the creation of the observatory for dealing with these matters, was made. 


 Translated by ESTI



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