Justice Susan Glazebrook, President-Elect of the IAWJ, Spoke at a CSW Side Event on “Women Delivering Justice: Achieving Gender Parity in the Justice Sector”

Justice Susan Glazebrook, Judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand and President-Elect of the IAWJ, spoke at the virtual 65th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Side Event on “Women Delivering Justice: Achieving Gender Parity in the Justice Sector“.

Justice Glazebrook spoke generally about the contributions gender parity in the justice sector provides to society as well as the false dichotomy between merit and diversity in judicial appointments. Justice Glazebrook also paid homage to Judge Qadria Yasini and Judge Zakia Herawi, judges of the Supreme Court of Afghanistan, who were recently killed while on their way to carry out their judicial functions.

Justice Glazebrook was joined by several other distinguished speakers at the event which included:

  • H E Iman Al Zahwani Hoemel, Minister of Women, Children and the Elderly of Tunisia;
  • Justice Aruna Devi Narain, Judge of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Mauritius and Vice-Chairperson and Rapporteur, Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women;
  • Ms Patricia Lee Refo, President of the American Bar Association (ABA);
  • Dr Ruth Aura-Odhiambo, Dean of the Faculty of Law at Egerton University, Kenya;
  • Dr J Jarpa Dawuni, Associate Professor of Political Science at Howard University, United States.

The event was sponsored by the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), the American Bar Association (ABA), the Institute for African Women in Law (IAWL), the Permanent Mission of New Zealand to the United Nations Te Aka Aorere, and the Permanent Mission of Italy to the United Nations.

The full video recording of the event is available here.

The transcript of Justice Glazebrook’s speech is also available below: