Gender Commission stumped as to why so few women in judicial positions of power

In a report released yesterday, the Commission found that there is a slow pace of gender transformation in the judiciary. But the commission says it has been unable to work out the cause.

It revealed that the Judicial Service Commission interviewed over 200 people for 110 positions, and only 24 women were appointed, during 2009 and 2012.

The investigation followed a 2012 complaint from Sonke Gender Justice and Democratic Governance and Rights Unit.

From the responses we got we found that it's finger pointing. The Presidency saying it's the JSC, the JSC saying it's the ministry. As a result we found that it is difficult to say why it is the problem.

Pinky Sobahle, Commissioner at Gender Commission

The Gender Commission is calling for a summit on gender transformation in judiciary to try and get to the bottom of the problem.

Listen to the audio below to hear more about the report and its recommendations...

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Students dissatisfied with university responses to rape across SA's campuses

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