The I Equality Award for the Legal Profession already has winners: at the international level, the jailed Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh and at the national level, the groups of women lawyers of Valladolid (AMAV) and the Alicante Bar Association (AMA). This award is granted by the General Council of Spanish Lawyers with the purpose of publicly recognizing the work of those who, from the practice of law, work to eradicate discrimination based on sex or gender and move towards full, real and equal equality. effective between women and men.
The award ceremony will take place on March 5 at the General Council of the Bar, coinciding with the celebrations of International Women’s Day.
Pioneers in promoting the defense of women’s rights
The Association of Women Lawyers of Valladolid, A pioneer at the state level, it was created in 1994 to promote the defense of women’s rights. One of its first objectives was the creation of a shift to assist women who were victims of sexual assault, initially composed solely of female lawyers. In addition to providing legal assistance to victims of gender violence and sexual assaults, they have dedicated themselves to promoting equal opportunities, in all areas of society, with various activities.
The Association of Women Lawyers of the ICA of Alicante It was created in 1998 to promote the defense of women’s rights and equal opportunities in all areas. They were pioneers in claiming the specialized duty shift in matters of Gender Violence and the Victim Assistance Duty shift. And they promoted the change of name from the Bar Association to the Bar Association. They have also launched numerous initiatives of a training nature and in the judicial and Public Administrations field.
Human rights activist, defender of women and of the best condemned to death
The International Equality Award for Lawyers has been awarded to the Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, currently incarcerated. Sotoudeh, 57, was arrested in 2018, accused of spying, subversive propaganda and insulting the Iranian leader. The lawyer, who has defended women accused of protesting against the mandatory veil, innocent of all charges in the trial and assured that she was only peacefully committed to Women’s Rights and against the death penalty in Iran. She and her husband are two of the best known human rights activists in the country, where they have carried out work to strengthen the legal culture, disseminating the rights of detainees, to put a stop to the persecution of intellectuals and political activists practiced by The authorities. In 2010 he was already the Human Rights Award for the Legal Profession.
I Equality Awards for the Legal Profession
For this first edition of the awards, 18 nominations have been submitted. The jury has been made up of Victoria Ortega, president of the General Council of the Legal Profession; Margarita Cerro, president of its Equality Commission; Amelia Valcárcel, State Councilor and Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy; Augusto José Pérez-Cepeda, dean of the A Coruña Bar Association; Carlos Grau, CEO of the Mobile World Capital of Barcelona and Javier Gustavo Fernández, Professor of Criminal Law at the University of Oviedo.
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Iranian lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, 1st Prize for Legal Equality