Fight for Gender Equality in Courts: VOTE in the Gender Justice Uncovered Awards
According to UN and World Bank research, societies with greater respect for women’s rights are more likely to develop economically and to promote the rule of law, and are less violent. However, despite great efforts to promote gender equality and justice, discrimination against women and girls continues, with detrimental impacts on society at large. The Gender Justice Uncovered Awards is helping to change that. By highlighting the importance of judicial decisions in the lives of women and their communities through real stories and cases, the Awards encourage greater attention to the critical role of judges – and all of us – in advancing gender justice.
The Gender Justice Uncovered Awards sheds light on court decisions made around the world that negatively and positively affect gender equality. The Awards solicit nominations of judicial decisions, and later, involve the public audience in voting for the winning cases – both sexist decisions (bludgeon award) and decisions that advance equality and human rights (gavel award). All nominations are entered into a Gender Justice Observatory – a database of legal decisions related to gender justice used by advocates and lawyers from around the globe and managed by Women’s Link Worldwide. Whether focused on reproductive rights, gender violence or discrimination, the Gender Justice Uncovered Awards raises awareness about the influence that court decisions have on women and society at large, and promotes accountability through the engagement of the public.
N-Map and Women’s Link Worldwide (WLW) have joined forces for the 2013 Gender Justice Uncovered Awards in an innovative campaign using a short animated video as a central component for our outreach. In addition to raising awareness, the video educates and empowers civil society by inviting them to participate as nominators and voters, while also populating the Gender Justice Observatory. Our goal is to reach the greatest possible audience through direct outreach and a video that people will share online.
Watch the videos in both English and Spanish!!