The UN and others have been working around the world to promote gender equality and reproductive health [JURIST backgrounder]. The UN has been particularly concerned with violence against women, and in March more than 130 UN member states agreed to adopt new measures [JURIST report] to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls. Gender inequality has also manifested in countries' criminal justice systems, and in 2011 the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers [official website] Gabriela Knaul [official profile] urged countries to integrate gender perspectives into judicial procedures to allow women's perspectives to challenge the "traditional notions of judging and judicial authority."
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