JUDICIARY AS HARBINGER IN THE PROTECTION AND PROMOTION OF WOMEN EMPOWERMENT
By Vandana Ramashray Yadav & Neha Jain
Gender justice is a concept understood differently in different cultures and at different periods in history. However, with the adoption of universal standards against inequality and discrimination and the evolution of a rights-based approach in the empowerment of women, the concept is today susceptible to judicial evaluation and judicial determination. In this process the Indian Courts have played a significant role during the last five decades with the support of the liberal provision of the Constitution, with the aid of a series of pro-women international human rights instruments and an increasingly assertive women’s movement within and outside the country. It serves no purpose to apportion the blame for the status of women today on different wings of government on society at large. Given the fact that Indian Constitution demands gender justice on terms of equality and dignity and given the fact that Indian judiciary has come to play a decisive role in government based on fundamental rights and rule of law, what needs to be addressed is how the performance of judiciary in this regard can be further improved towards advancing the realization of the constitutional mandate of justice to women. Judicial performance in this regard involves not only few landmark decisions of superior courts against discriminatory practices. This paper culls out the role of judiciary in helping achieve sustainable development goals through women empowerment.
Sustainable development goals, Women empowerment, Judiciary, Constitution, India, etc.
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