The Association of Women Judges of Spain Publishes Statement Claiming that​ in the Absence of Women in the Judicial Leadership, Positive Action Measures and Compliance with Regulations to Achieve Parity

The Association of Women Judges of Spain (AMJE) published a statement on their website that claims that, in the absence of women in the judicial leadership, there is a need for positive action measures and compliance with regulations to achieve parity. This statement was drafted as a response to an official picture of the opening of Spain’s 2019-2020 judicial year, which showed only men.

The text begins with the following statement:

The Judiciary is a paradigmatic example of the professional limitations of some women judges, who even being a majority in the profession (53’9%), are systematically invisible, year after year, in the official photo of the judiciary.

Spain’s Supreme Court, AMJE added, has increased from 10 to 15 women judges out of 77 in the past 10 years. Furthermore, this court has never been presided by a woman. “A similar pattern repeats itself in the presidencies of the Superior Courts of Justice,” which only has 1 female president out of 17.

According to our members, this issue negatively impacts the quality of justice do to a lack of representation, since it does not integrate all human experiences, only men’s.

This has a multiplier effect because the judgments of the Supreme Court are integrated into the “legal system” by way of jurisprudence, linking more than 5000 judges and judges of all hierarchies and jurisdictions.

The judges ask the General Council of the Spanish Judiciary to uphold its legal mandates, recommendations, international standards, and other commitments related to promoting gender equality within the legal profession, as a requisite of democratic legitimacy.

Specifically, AMJE demands the following:

  1. “Compliance with national, European and international regulations to achieve gender parity in the judicial leadership, to integrate women’s experiences in jurisdictional resolutions and to democratize justice and make it (really) representative.”
  2. “The integration of positive gender actions as a temporary strategy aimed at removing obstacles, which impede the balanced representation of women and men in the Supreme Court, higher jurisdictional instances and judicial governmental offices.”

The news outlet Público, echoed AMJE’s statement.

The full statement is available in Spanish in AMJE’s website.