Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Women’s Link Worldwide invites Nominations for the Gender Justice Uncovered Awards

Women’s Link Worldwide is currently inviting nominations for the Gender Justice Uncovered Awards that aim to underline the decisions given by the court, affecting the gender equity positively or negatively. People from across the world are invited to nominate their cases and propose statements or decisions made by judges, prosecutors, public defenders, public representatives, members of United Nations committees, or magistrates affecting the gender equity.

More About the Gender Justice Uncovered Awards

Gender Justice Uncovered Awards were started by the international non-profit Women’s Link Worldwide to highlight the fact that in every country, regardless of its political system, culture or religion, what judges and courts say has a tremendous influence on the sense of justice and in the day to day lives of people.

The awards highlight decisions or statements made in writing, in English or Spanish, by judges, courts, committees, administrative bodies, prosecutors, defense attorneys, ombudsman officers, UN Committees, asylum boards or any other actor within a legal case, which have a positive or negative impact on gender equality, including those related to sexual and reproductive rights, gender violence and gender discrimination.

The three most sexist decisions will receive bronze, silver and gold Bludgeons; and the three decisions that best promote gender equality will receive bronze, silver and gold Gavels. The People’s Choice Award will be granted to the case with the highest rating based on the votes by the public.

Some of the nominated cases will be added to Women’s Link Worldwide’s Gender Justice Observatory, which contains judicial decisions from around the world on issues related to gender and that can be accessed for free through the website.

The People’s Choice Award

Not only the jury can choose the winning decision. Women’s Link has created the category “People’s Choice Award” for those decisions that obtain the most votes via the website, including a bludgeon and gavel award. The polls will be open to the public from November 15, 2011 until May 31, 2012 to determine the winners.

About Women’s Link Worldwide

Women’s Link Worldwide was founded in 2001 and has regional offices in Europe (Madrid, Spain) and Latin America (Bogotá, Colombia). Women’s Link has 501(c)(3) status in the United States, foundation status in Spain and is legally recognized as a foreign non-profit organization in Colombia. Women’s Link Worldwide is working to ensure that gender equality is a reality around the world. With this objective in mind, the organization strives to advance women’s rights through the implementation of international human rights standards and strategic work with the courts, including strategic litigation.

Last date for submitting the nominations is April 30, 2012.
For more information, visit this link.

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