The representation of women in the judiciary is significant for many reasons. Besides ensuring that the legal system is developed with all of society in mind and that in turn a representative perspective is brought to adjudication, the inspiration it provides to the next generation of female judges gives them continued motivation to achieve their goals. And while equality in the judiciary has been historically uneven, steps are being taken to remedy this, as evidenced by the acceptance of a new United Nations General Assembly Resolution marking 10 March as the International Day of Women Judges. This Resolution, drafted by the State of Qatar, is tangible proof of an evident positive shift underway in several geographic regions.
"Judicial well-being and its implications for access to justice and judicial integrity: Experiences and new challenges arising from the global pandemic" was a virtual side event at the 30th Session of the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, organized jointly with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers and the National School of Magistrates of Brazil. The side event featured discussions on judicial well-being and raised awareness on how the delivery of justice and access to justice might suffer when well-being is impacted, particularly in light of the ongoing global pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic has posed new and severe challenges for the defence of human rights, affecting especially the most vulnerable groups of people and revealing the profound inequality of the world in which we live.
Latin America is one of the most unequal areas on the planet, and, therefore, the impact of the pandemic has placed human rights severely at risk. For instance, millions of people are left with no daily sustenance to survive or healthcare, and children's access to the right to education now depends exclusively on their internet connection.