On March 7-8, 2012, the Avon Global Center co-hosted a Senior Judges Roundtable on Women and the Judiciary in New York City, NY. The Roundtable convened over 30 distinguished judges representing over 10 countries from all regions of the world to discuss the role of national constitutions and the judges who apply them in advancing gender equality. Participants considered what is needed to ensure that processes of constitution-making and reform lead to concrete gains for women, promote gender equality, and reverse the scourge of gender-based violence. In addition, they examined the role of judges, and women judges in particular, in interpreting and applying constitutional provisions in ways that promote and protect women’s rights.
This event, which was co-sponsored with the Virtue Foundation, Fordham Law School, Lawyers Without Borders, the International Association of Women Judges, and the Women in the World Foundation, presented a valuable opportunity for judges to share experiences, insights, and strategies for advancing gender justice through constitutional adjudication and reform. progress in its gender-related work.