International Development Law Organization

CSW63 | Women Delivering Justice

SIDE EVENT Women Delivering Justice: Investing in Women Justice Professionals for the Achievement of the 2030 Agenda

The equal and effective participation of women in all aspects of justice delivery is a human right and a crucial element of good governance, reaffirmed by Sustainable Development Goals 5 (gender equality and women’s empowerment) and 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions). Despite SDG 16’s focus on women’s full and effective participation in all levels of governance, including in the judiciary, women judges continue to encounter barriers to their full and effective participation as justice agents at the national and international levels. 

This event will highlight the contributions of women justice professionals, the barriers they encounter and the pathways taken in delivering justice. It will call for more commitment to and investment in women justice professionals, reaffirming that women are not only justice seekers, but also justice providers. The event will be informed by IDLO’s recent report, Women Delivering Justice: Contributions, Barriers, Pathways.

This event is organized by the Permanent Mission of the State of Qatar, International Development Law Organization (IDLO), International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), and the GQUAL Campaign.


18:30 - 19:45  |  Tuesday, March 12, 2019  |  Conference Room D, Conference Building, UN Headquarters, New York


Panel discussion. Concept note available for download below.


  • Justice Susan Glazebrook, Judge, Supreme Court of New Zealand and President-elect of the International Association of Women Judges
  • Irene Khan, Director-General, International Development Law Organization
  • Dr. Hind Abdul Rahman al-Mufta, Member of the Shoura Advisory Council, Associate Professor and Vice-President for Administration and Finance, Doha Institute for Graduate Studies
  • Viviana Krsticevic, Executive Director of CEJIL and Member of the GQUAL Secretariat
  • Moderator: Rangita de Silva de Alwis, Associate Dean of International Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania Law School


RSVP by Friday, March 8 here. PLEASE NOTE: For non-UN Pass holders, a Special Event Ticket (SET) is required to attend the event. Please request your SET in your RSVP email.

Social media:


Join us, as this event will be live streamed with Facebook Live on the page: @IDLOnews, from 18:30 EDT (New York time). Join and share the conversation on Twitter with #JusticeForWomen


The event may have filming/photography for social media and future promotional and archival purposes. Please contact an IDLO staff member at the event if you would prefer not to be filmed / photographer, or email communications[a]

More information:

20 November, 2018
This report looks at the importance of women's professional participation in decision making bodies as a human right and crucial component of good governance, particularly in the justice sector. Despite gaps in data and research, as their numbers and influence solidify, women are emerging as important justice leaders. A growing body of empirical research suggests that women judges contribute to improved access to justice for women, by supporting women's specific justice needs across a...

Women’s Professional Participation in Afghanistan’s Justice Sector: Challenges and Opportunities is the first national study following IDLO’s gender pledge. Based on a unique participatory methodology and featuring an entirely Afghan-led data collection process, the report has been welcomed by justice actors as the first of its kind in Afghanistan’s history and an important contribution to ongoing discussions concerning gender equality, women’s rights and women’s empowerment. It also comes...



The sixty-third session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW63) will take place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from 11 to 22 March 2019.


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