Not long ago, Noorfadilla Ahmad Saikin, whose gender discrimination case grabbed the media spotlight both for the injustice involved and its groundbreaking victory in court, was nominated for the Gender Justice Uncovered Awards 2012.
For the uninitiated, the Awards were created by the international non-profit Women’s Link Worldwide to highlight the fact that in every country, regardless of its political system, culture or religion, what judges and courts say has a tremendous influence on the sense of justice and in the day to day lives of people.
The Gender Justice Uncovered Awards highlight decisions or statements made in writing, in English or Spanish, by judges, courts, committees, administrative bodies, prosecutors, defense attorneys, ombudsman officers, UN Committees, asylum boards or any other actor within a legal case, which have a positive or negative impact on gender equality, including those related to sexual and reproductive rights, gender violence and gender discrimination.
The three most sexist decisions will receive bronze, silver and gold Bludgeons and the three decisions that best promote gender equality will receive bronze, silver and gold Gavels.
We have just been notified that Noorfadilla did not win but we’ve learnt from the organisation that she scored a substantial amount of votes and was just outside of the winning People’s Choice decisions. What’s more important, however, is that she has already won for women in Malaysia and for justice everywhere.
Click here to discover the winners of the Gender Justice Uncovered Awards this year. And find out who from where made the shame and honourable lists respectively this year.
(Featured image accompanying article on main page courtesy of Vikramaditya Bagri, source: http://bit.ly/L36Vh7)