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Mexico: MESECVI Trains Justice Officials in Puebla

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To generate technical cooperation processes for the States Parties to the Convention of Belém do Pará, the MESECVI, in coordination with the Office of Women of the Supreme Court of Justice Argentina, held the seminar “Justice and Gender” for members of the Supreme Court of Justice of the state of Puebla, Mexico, from June 22 to July 3, 2015. On that occasion, 55 judges and 30 secretaries were trained to try cases with a gender perspective, in accordance with the Convention of Belém do Pará.

The MESECVI has determined that access to justice for women victims of violence is one of the most complex challenges for States Parties. In fact, the Committee of Experts of the MESECVI received information from only four countries, of the total 19 States that replied to the MESECVI’s second questionnaire on follow up indicators, regarding the application of the Convention in judicial decisions.  Therefore, the Committee decided that one way to improve implementation of the Convention by national judiciaries is to hold workshops for justice officials.

The seminar is one of the Mechanism’s initiatives to provide technical assistance for greater alignment of the work of the judiciary with the international and inter-American standards on women’s human rights.