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“No one liberates anyone, nor does anyone liberate himself, we liberate ourselves together.” Paul Freire.

I just joined the Judicial power of the Federation, which allows me to delve into how the judges impart justice with a gender perspective. Being one of the topics that has attracted and interested me the most, especially in cases where people in vulnerable situations, It seems crucial to me the way in which the dignity of people is ensured and a de facto justice in the face of disadvantages.

Achieving de facto justice sounds like an ideal both in legal and social terms, but What is judging from a gender perspective? It is a methodological instrument that consists in perceiving the disadvantages based on gender to be able to have a global vision of the legal conflict and so correct it. Some people think that this is a tool to “help” women regardless of the case. However, it is about something much more complex: a provision that makes it possible to guarantee an honest approach to and towards justice for all those who are in a situation of vulnerability due to factors such as sex, poverty, ethnicity, age, disability, status immigration, among others.

The foregoing arises from the relevant ruling issued by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights to the emblematic Case of González et al. Mexico, also known as Cotton Case, which dealt with the disappearance and murder of three women in Juárez in an era characterized by a systemic violence against women for the fact of being. In response, the Court issued a ruling in 2009 establishing the lack of due diligence on the part of the authorities in the murders of women, since there are stereotypes involved and they engage in discriminatory acts against women, downplaying their importance as people. This transcended as the first sentence issued with gender perspective instruments.

That sentence was the trigger so that, when judging in Mexico, it was with a gender perspective. Years later, in 2013, the Judicial Power of the Federation published the Protocol for Judging with a Gender Perspective. This was updated in 2019 with the aim that judges have an updated methodological basis for judging. In the same year, three Manuals on gender perspective in family, criminal and labor matters were issued, managing to set the precedent for more sentences that implement said tool.

In this way, the Judiciary is channeled in this important task of achieving a more real justice by taking into account the context, inequalities and the norm. In addition to informing and raising awareness among my kind readers, I want to raise a question: what are we doing as a society from our place to have a vision with a gender perspective? Are we using the tools at our disposal to see the world taking into account the disadvantages of different social groups, leaving the bias of our privilege?

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I recently visited the Museum of Tolerance and I met again with the indifference of the world that has been the cause of the greatest misfortunes in the history of humanity, and I say this because indifference contaminates from our way of thinking to what we say. and we do. Those of us who had access to education and have access to other things that many people in a disadvantaged situation do not have, cannot afford not to think differently and act, in the tenor of the Parable of the Talents, “we will be judged by what we do and don’t do” with the resources we have.

Everything starts from the understanding of the world, which has nuances and is increasingly complex. Only with the gender perspective can we see ourselves head-on as equals, recognizing each other as human beings, in our dignity, in order to walk in the utopia of Mexico in peace that we long for through this instrument with firm steps towards a more real justice.

She is a lawyer, public servant, writer, and feminist convinced that men and women are equal in the sense of participating in social life and in life as a whole. She has a Law Degree from the Escuela Libre de Derecho de Sinaloa, a Degree in Nutrition from the Center for Mexican American Studies, and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico. She studied English for two years at Lake County University in Illinois and has a Diploma in Human Rights from a Gender Perspective from the National Human Rights Commission. Originally from Culiacán, Sinaloa, she has lived for more than seven years in Mexico City, where she has worked in different federal agencies such as: the Ministry of Public Administration, the Ministry of Welfare, the National Agrarian Registry, the Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development, recently as Director of Budget Evaluation in the General Directorate of Programming and Budget, and Area Director in the General Directorate of Material Resources and General Services of the Ministry of the Interior. Currently, she is the Technical Secretary in the Council of the Federal Judiciary of the Judicial Power of the Federation. She has specialized in human rights and gender issues through various courses and research projects. She has participated as a guest columnist in: El Reforma, Mujer es Más, Forbes, Tempo, Revista Desde la Fe and Gente Sinaloa, and has also been invited to participate as a commentator on Radio Educación of the Government of Mexico.

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