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The GQUAL Campaign promotes gender parity in international tribunals and monitoring bodies.


GQUAL is a global campaign working to overcome the under-representation of women in international tribunals and monitoring bodies. To that end, we want national and international selection processes for these spaces to include gender parity as a criteria.

Our founding Declaration and subsequent Action Plan, outline our conviction that gender parity is a necessary component to guarantee the necessary diversity, balance across international institutions as well as strengthen the legitimacy and impacts of international justice.

GQUAL is mobilized by the conviction that women, in all their diversity, cannot be absent from decision-making spaces. Because international bodies have a direct impact on the lives and rights of individuals and on the functioning of nations, women must have equal levels of representation as men in these institutions.

Since its launch in 2015, GQUAL has played an important role in highlighting the under-representation of women in international representation. By working with diverse stakeholders, including States, international organizations, civil society and academics,
we have contributed to the development of guidelines and practices to improve selection processes and the understanding of State's international obligations with regards to gender parity.

We’ve also developed research and discussions on the importance of gender parity; served as a network of experts and offered information on available positions, upcoming selection processes and data on the composition of international bodies.

About the campaign

Total number of organizations surveyed vs. Total # of women: 578 positions and 234 women

Total women in International Tribunals: 79 positions and 26 women

Total number of women at UN treaty bodies: 172 positions and 87 women

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It’s time to #ChangeThePicture

International bodies define international justice, promote international cooperation and make other influential decisions on a daily basis. These decisions have a direct impact on individuals and society, as a whole. So shouldn't these institutions reflect the communities and nations they serve, ensuring an equal representation of women?

Change the picture

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