The IAWJ was Very Present at the 1st International Congress: Universality, Justice and Gender-Based Violence (Las Palmas, November 13, 14 and 15, 2019)

On November 13 to 15 in Las Palmas (Canary Islands, Spain), an important critical congress on gender was held with the participation of a large number of IAWJ members from Spain, Portugal, Greece, Germany, France, Tunisia, Palestine, and Kenya, under the direction of the magistrate and IAWJ member, Auxiliadora Díaz. The congress addressed gender-based violence globally, through a total of eight discussion tables with international contributions on the following subjects:

  • Roundtable 1: the structure of gender-based violence;
  • Roundtable 2: law and jurisprudence in gender-based violence;
  • Roundtable 3: a gender and justice perspective;
  • Roundtable 4: woman victim of gender-based violence in Asia and Africa;
  • Roundtable 5: the European reality in the face of gender-based violence;
  • Roundtable 6: vulnerability and protection in gender-based violence;
  • Roundtable 7: access to justice for women victims of gender-based violence;
  • Roundtable 8: the Spanish Supreme Court on gender-based violence.

Alongside the collective roundtables of an international nature above, several individual presentations were interspersed to discuss issues of great gender impact:

  • Spain’s position in the fight against gender-based violence;
  • The hidden reality of women refugees;
  • CEDAW recommendations; and
  • Gender-based violence: the heavy burden of history.

During the Congress, a video was screened with a greeting from our president Vanessa Ruíz, who publicly thanked the creation of this congress, which has had an eminently critical and proactive character to advance, from justice, in the fight against all the faces of gender-based violence, with a multidisciplinary approach.

Numerous administrative and judicial authorities in Spain participated in this important congress, being presented by Mrs. Carmen Calvo, Vice President of the Government of Spain. The Minister of Justice of the Government of Spain, representatives of the General Council of the Spanish Judiciary, magistrates of the Supreme Court of Spain and other countries of the world, advocates, forensics, prosecutors, professors, psychologists, among others, also attended; generating a very complete exchange of information on gender-based violence and its approach from different areas, especially from justice.

The high participation of IAWJ members in this important congress has served to make the IAWJ more visible, which has high prestige and international recognition and has also left our associative mark very alive through the voices of our participating members, with important proposals and suggestions to fight against gender-based violence in all its modalities.

Violence against women is not monopolized by a specific country, it is a global and international scourge that is reproduced in all corners of the world, so its approach and its struggle must be raised in an international and multidisciplinary and global manner.

IAWJ Board Member from Tunisia, the Hon. Saida Chebili was among the participants of the conference.

Judge Chebili presented on gender-based violence, a challenge for a new democracy. During her presentation, she spoke about the state of Tunisia’s new laws on violence against the women and children, their approaches, their contents, and the difficulties to apply them.

This blog post was prepared by Magistrate Glòria Poyatos Matas, IAWJ Board Member and former President of the Association of Women Judges of Spain and Judge Saida Chebili, IAWJ Board Member. The views presented in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the IAWJ.