The Association of Women Judges of Spain Released a Statement on the Need for All Public Authorities to Believe in Gender Equality and Fight Against Gender-Based Violence

The Association of Women Judges of Spain (AMJE) released a statement on their website on the “Need for All Public Authorities to Believe in Equality and Fight Against Gender-Based Violence.”

The statement opens with the phrase “only believing in equality will we generate change.” AMJE considers that 1,002 women killed by partners, or former partners, since 2003 more than justifies the need to demand public authorities to join them in the fight against gender-based violence (GBV) through the creation of efficient policies.

Institutional responsibility entails a special duty to fight against sexism by the responsible leadership as a guarantee of women’s fundamental rights. Guarantee that inexorably requires the adoption of feminist policies that put an end to sexism, discrimination and violence and that eliminate the impunity that occurs through the concealment of the violent reality, in which women’s lives develop.

AMJE highlights the Council of Europe’s recent recommendation, CM / Rec (2019) 1, from the Committee of Ministers in which they urge member states to guarantee equality and prevent GBV in accordance with international human rights law and the Istanbul Convention.

They continue stating that it is essential that public authorities take into account feminist associations, such as theirs. As an association, they are convinced that “only believing in equality will we generate the necessary and urgent change that society requires.”

True democracy is the one which guarantees the life and the fundamental rights of its citizenship.

You can read the statement in Spanish here.