WHAT
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The GQUAL Campaign aspires for gender parity in international representation. It has since been signed by more than 1,500 people from across the world, including former and current members of international courts, prominent academics, activists, lawyers, human rights defenders, judges, public officials.

Why is gender parity in international representation important?

The data compiled by GQUAL shows that the under-representation of women affects most courts, adjudicatory bodies, and international agencies charged with applying, interpreting, and creating international law.

GQUAL monitors the composition of 88 international bodies representing a total of 583 positions. Currently only 37% are occupied by women. This percentage is even lower if we do not count the bodies typically associated with women’s issues, such as the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, the United Nations Working Group on Discrimination against Women and the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.

Why do we need a global campaign?

Further analysis by GQUAL shows that even when the representation of women improves, it almost never reaches parity. Moments of gender balance are seldom sustained, quickly backsliding to previous low levels of representation.
We think this track record of inequality has serious consequences for international and national justice. Furthermore, because the decisions adopted by international bodies affect all people, nations and state institutions, the under-representation of women in these spaces affects democracies and the guarantee of people’s rights, especially women’s right to equality, as well as environmental protections, international cooperation, among other issues, that frequently depend on well-balanced decisions.

WHO
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The GQUAL campaign is an initiative hosted by the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL).

GQUAL SECRETARIAT

Viviana Krsticevic

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)

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Maria Noel Leoni

DEPUTY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR - Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL)

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Claudia Martin

CO-DIRECTOR - Academy on Human Rights & Humanitarian Law, American University, Washington College of Law

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Alejandra Vicente

Head of Law at REDRESS

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TEAM

Maria Noel Leoni

CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR

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Agatha Ciancaglini Troller

COORDINATOR, ADVOCACY AND RESEARCH

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Andra Otilia Nicolescu

ADVOCACY OFFICER - Representative in

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Madelaine Caracas

COMMUNICATION

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Andrea Pietrafesa

CONSULTANT

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Belén Magraner

Regional Accountant

The Declaration was first presented in September of 2015 at United Nations headquarters in New York City. It has since been signed by more than 1,500 people from across the world, including former and current members of international courts, prominent academics, activists, lawyers, human rights defenders, judges, public officials, government representatives, diplomats, journalists, and artists.

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  1. To ensure that Governments select and vote on candidates with the objective of achieving gender parity in international bodies and tribunals.
  2. To request that States and International Organizations develop mechanisms, guidelines, and standards in order to promote the equitable representation of women in these areas.
  3. To inspire all who are interested in the Campaign to share our call to action!
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The GQUAL Declaration is our founding document and establishes our primary strategies and goals.

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Participants of the GQUAL Conference to promote gender parity in international representation, having met in The Hague, from 3 to 5 of October 2017, adopt the following Action Plan:

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