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International Day of Women Judges 10 March & the Case in Pakistan

International Day of Women Judges is held on 10th March and it necessitates the significance of the women empowerment in judiciary.
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Zakaria Javid

Source; UN Website

So much has been written about the rights of women across the globe. Nothing gross about it; however, the fundamental purpose is to execute and implement the rights of women across the world. Women’s economic rights are critical to the cause of women’s empowerment. Economic rights include inheritance, farming, business, entrepreneurship and better-paid jobs. 8 March is celebrated as an international day for women across the world. Women are humans. Men and women may be different but equal before the law. Then, equitability is far more suitable than equality as both genders are born for various purposes; therefore, they can not be identical in objectives and executions.

While equality in the judiciary has been historically uneven, steps are being taken to remedy this, as evidenced by the United Nations General Assembly declaration of 10 March as the International Day of Women Judges. The General Assembly resolution, drafted by the State of Qatar, is tangible proof of a positive shift.
Redressing gender inequalities is also at the core of UNODC’s Strategy for Gender Equality and Women Empowerment. It is a goal shared by the Global Programme for the Implementation of the Doha Declaration, as it promotes a culture of lawfulness around the world, providing education and training and supporting the full participation of women in every professional sphere.

Despite women’s increased engagement in public life, they still need to be more represented in decision-making positions. A relatively small number of women have been, or are part of, the judiciary, particularly in senior judicial leadership positions.
Women’s representation in the judiciary is critical to ensuring that courts represent their citizens, address their concerns, and make sound judgments. By their mere presence, women judges enhance the legitimacy of courts, sending a powerful signal that they are open and accessible to those who seek recourse to justice.
The entry of women judges into spaces from which they had historically been excluded has been a positive step in the direction of judiciaries being perceived as being more transparent, inclusive, and representative of the people whose lives they affect.
By marking the day, we will reaffirm our commitment to develop and implement appropriate and effective national strategies and plans for the advancement of women in judicial justice systems and institutions at the leadership, managerial and other levels.
Join us in celebrating this International Day of Women Judges with the campaign “Women in Justice, women for justice” to promote the full and equal participation of women at all levels of the judiciary, to celebrate the progress that has been made and raise awareness about the challenges ahead!

The representation of women in the judiciary is significant for many reasons. In addition to ensuring that the legal system is developed with all of society in mind, it also inspires the next generation of female judges and motivates them to achieve their goals.
Women in the criminal justice system can act as agents of change and contribute to greater accountability. Women judges bring different perspectives and experiences, strengthening judicial systems. Women in leadership roles help disrupt collusion networks, striking a blow against corruption.
Women’s representation in law enforcement and judicial institutions has been linked to more effective, victim-centered responses to crime.
Investing in women’s advancement and women’s justice leaders can help ensure that justice is better served and that women and all members of our societies are met with fairness and equality before the law for the benefit of all.
Only through the active participation of women, on equal terms with men, at all levels of decision-making we’ll be able to achieve sustainable development, peace and democracy.

Women in Judiciary in Pakistan are on the rise. Irrespective of the quota protections, more women are participating in the bar and bench in Pakistan. There is a visible change in this regard. More and more female lawyers are graduating and entering the law profession. Then, more and more female candidates apply for the judicial recruitment process and are now recruiting as judges. More female judges are present in the family courts along with civil courts. Then, there are female civil judges, additional session judges and justices working in the different tiers of the judiciary. It is a welcome process, as females are as competent as males. At the same time, the institution of the judiciary requires the presence of both sexes to ensure proportionate representation of justice.

Last, female judicial officers represent women’s empowerment. Female judges can better adjudicate the female-related issues of family, inheritance and property. Proportionate representation is critical for the functional judiciary in Pakistan. However, despite recruitment, there is a need to train and upskill the legal skills of female judges. Inherently, in a society like Pakistan, females are less exposed to the social complexities of society; therefore, it is a requirement to ensure practical and functional training for female judges. Trained, professional and skilled female judges are essential not only for the judiciary in Pakistan but also for a representative justice system.

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