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Ending discrimination and equal access to justice have recently been key goals for the UN. Last month UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that ending discrimination against women is necessary to fix the problem of global poverty [JURIST report]. Speaking before the World Congress of Global Partnership for Young Women in Seoul, South Korea, Ban declared that while women around the world have made tremendous advances in fields such as business, law and government, laws and policies that discriminate against women hamper not only women's rights but prevent nations from climbing out of poverty. In 2011 the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Gabriela Knaul called for integration of a gender perspective [JURIST report] into countries' criminal justice systems on. The annual report "addresses the need to consider and integrate a gender perspective in the criminal justice system as a fundamental step towards allowing equal access to justice for women and men and in respect of the role to be played by judges and lawyers."
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