The panel will take place on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, at 11:30 am New York. 

In his fifth report to the UN-General Assembly in July 2021 titled “The Participation of Women in the Administration of Justice”, the UN Special Rapporteur for the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, Diego Garcia Sayán analyzed the status of women’s representation in judicial systems. He identified the barriers hindering their adequate access to, and promotion and retention in, the judiciary and prosecution services.

While acknowledging the progress made by several States in promoting gender equality in the judicial system, the Special Rapporteur also warns that without the political will to address structural shortcomings, substantial progress will not be achieved.

In our panel discussion between the Special Rapporteur and women judges who succeeded to break the glass ceiling we would like to take up Diego Garcia Sayan’s recommendations and seek to identify additional ways and means on how to enhance the representation of women on highest levels in the judiciary system.


Welcome remarks: Andrea E. Ostheimer, KAS Representative to the UN, KAS-New York

Panel discussion

Diego García-Sayán, UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers.

Susan Glazebrook, Judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand, and President of the International Association of Women Judges.

Ayesha Malik, Pakistan’s first female Supreme Court judge.


Dr. Mónica Castillejos-Aragón, KAS Program Manager, Rule of Law.

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