ICC Principals adopt High-Level Statement on Gender Equality


The International Criminal Court (ICC or the Court) Principals, adopted a High-Level Statement on Gender Equality at the ICC. 

The Principles include President of the ICC Judge Piotr Hofmański, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, and ICC Registrar Peter Lewis.

“We firmly believe that in order to uphold women’s rights and to reap the benefits of women’s important contributions, the perspectives of women in all of their diversity must be integrated into all spheres of the work of the Court,” the Principals proclaimed.

“For us, gender equality is about equal rights, responsibilities and opportunities for all; it covers the relations in the context of our work environment between women and men and other groups, reflecting a wide understanding of gender identities and gender expressions,” reads the Statement.

The Statement outlines areas where further action will be undertaken to promote gender equality at the ICC.

The Court in its statement committed, “We, the Principals of the International Criminal Court, are committed achieving gender equality and a safe and inclusive workplace culture and environment, through the practical implementation of the goals and priorities set in the Court-wide and organ specific Strategic Plans for 2019-2021, as well as part of the five priority areas from the Court-wide Staff Well-being Framework identified in 2019.”

“Gender equality is not only right and necessary but a driver of performance and success for the organisation,” stated the Principals.

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