Join us to celebrate
the first International Day of Women Judges

Thursday, 10 March 2022 marks an important milestone in global efforts to ensuring gender equality. For the very first time, we will celebrate the International Day of Women Judges, pursuant to the UN General Assembly Resolution 75/274 of 2021. The initial impetus for this International Day stems from the 2020 High-Level Meeting of the Network in Doha, where the Chief Justice of the State of Qatar and the then President of the International Association of Women Judges announced their intention to jointly submit a proposal to the General Assembly for this International Day.

The establishment of the International Day builds upon the ongoing efforts of the Network in addressing gender-related judicial integrity issues. The GA Resolution notes with appreciation the work of the Global Judicial Integrity Network “to incorporate women’s representation issues into judicial systems”.

With its mandate rooted in the UN Convention against Corruption, the Global Judicial Integrity Network has been emphasizing the crucial role of the judiciary in fighting corruption. Fair gender representation strengthens the judiciary. Women judges contribute to the quality of decision-making and help to build trust in the judiciary. The fight against corruption and other crimes can only be successful if the judiciary is inclusive, diverse and offers different gender perspectives.

Special events

On the occasion of the first International Day of Women Judges, we are delighted to invite you to attend the following special events on
10 March 2022:

More information about the programme and registration for both events will follow shortly via a separate email.

The Advisory Board of the Global Judicial Integrity Network would like to share with you some key messages and considerations regarding fair gender representation in the judiciary. The statement is available here.

Dedicated thematic opinion pieces

The Importance of Women in the Judiciary to Integrate the Gender Perspective and Bring Equal Visibility

Ayesha Malik, the recently appointed first female Justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan. Visit all opinion pieces here.


“The Lucky Princess”: The Role of Judges in Changing the Gender Narrative

By Mary Rose Gearty, Director of Judicial Studies for the Judiciary of Ireland and a Judge of the High Court of Ireland. Visit all opinion pieces here.


Whither the Men?- Gender Representation in the Jamaican Judiciary

By Marva McDonald-Bishop, Acting President of the Court of Appeal of JamaicaVisit all opinion pieces here.


Strengthening Judicial Integrity through Inclusiveness and Diversity

By Lynne Leitch, Justice of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice in Canada and the Regional Vice President of the Commonwealth Magistrates' and Judges' Association for the Atlantic and Mediterranean Region. Visit all opinion pieces here.


Visit here the Network's webpage dedicated to gender-related judicial integrity issues to access, among others, the Network’s issue paper on the topic, opinion pieces, webinars, podcasts and other resources. Moreover, you can also read UNODC's report The Time is Now – Addressing the gender dimensions of corruption which was launched on International Anti-Corruption Day on 9 December 2020 with the aim to shed light on the links between corruption and gender and, importantly, to move from word to action. The report is available in Arabic, English, French, Spanish, as well as English Braille.


We would like to invite you to register here to access exclusive content of the Global Judicial Integrity Network: