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The Elders call on leaders to increase the number of women in leadership positions in the justice sector

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A lack of intersectional and feminist leadership in the justice sector – and the lack of diverse women’s voices in decision-making at every level – undermines progress to achieving gender equality and access to justice for all.  

  • The Elders call for the full inclusion of women in the justice sector at every level of decision-making. This inclusion must recognise women in all their diversity.
  • The Elders urge leaders to enact mechanisms, guidelines, and standards, including temporary special measures as we emerge out of the COVID-19 pandemic, to ensure that women are equally represented at every level in the justice system.
  • The Elders call for gender parity in justice institutions around the world by 2030. 

Learn more about The Elders' calls for leaders to:

  1. Increase the number of women in leadership positions in the justice sector
  2. Increase funding for legal empowerment and justice services that meet the needs of women
  3. Address justice for survivors of gender-based violence with renewed vigour
  4. Invest in quality data and analysis on women’s justice problems and experiences
  5. Invest in gender-just climate solutions

Find out more about The Elders’ work on Access to Justice

Time for action on gender equality and access to justice

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