UN SG urges greater access for women to justice system Sung Un Kim at 1:45 PM ET
[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] called [official statement] Monday for the implementation of measures to allow women greater access to justice systems. In his statement to leaders of around 80 nations during the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the Rule of Law [official website], he described women as "champions for justice" who can be of great assistance in improving the rule of law in communities. For example, local women who were subject to crimes are more likely to open up to female police officers and the community would be better served if public administration can reflect both male and female perspectives. Ban laid out three commitments that nations must undertake to ensure more women have access to justice: (1) banning laws that discriminate against women; (2) employing more female leaders into the justice system; and (3) increasing funding that would break down obstacles for women in their attempt to gain access to justice. The Secretary-General added that the success of justice for women lies not within new laws or funding but within the change of mindset that values gender equality.
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