On behalf of the European Union’s - Access to Justice Programme - Governance in Justice (GOJUST), the programme’s Senior Adviser on Access to Justice, Atty. Hector Soliman, turned over a series of publications on feminist jurisprudence entitled “Feminist Judgments” composed of eight books to the University of the Philippines Diliman College of Law Gender and Policy Program.
The series of Cambridge University Books on Feminist Judgments: Rewritten Judicial Opinions, donated by the European Union, rewrites key judicial decisions through a social justice lens. The book series leverages feminist methods and theories that highlights traditionally marginalized perspectives such as gender, race and class.
Joining Atty. Soliman, was Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Marvic Mario Victor F. Leonen who gave a lecture “On the Politics of Regulating Intimacy”.
The Programme also provided informational materials on the Supreme Court’s Legal Feminism Study, supported by the European Union’s GOJUST Programme. The Study aims to “look into the courts’ interpretation of gender-responsive laws and its capacity to point out gender-responsive remedies; the awareness of gender biases, gender inequalities, and discrimination as they manifest in decisions (e.g., stereotyping men and women, gender-based violence), and to pronounce corrective statements or measures to overcome the biases, inequalities, and discriminations. The ultimate goal of the Study is to guide the Judiciary in its future actions towards gender mainstreaming.
With a total grant of EUR19 million (Php 1.1 billion ) over a period of four years, the EU’s GOJUST programme supports the Government of the Republic of the Philippines’ efforts to improve access to justice for all Filipinos, and thus, contribute to inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development. GOJUST works with the Philippine Supreme Court, the Department of Justice, and the Department of the Interior and Local Government to develop more responsive and accountable justice services in the country.
In addition, GOJUST aims at strengthening the Commission on Human Rights to help it carry out its constitutional mandate of civil and political rights protection and enhance human rights promotion in the Philippines. This component is co-funded with the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation (AECID), with an additional EUR 1 million (Php 59.47 million).