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Judicial power: percentage of women judges in the highest court or Supreme Court

Latin America, The Caribbean and The Iberian Peninsula (39 countries): Women judges in the highest court, latest available data (Percentages)
Percentage of women judges in the highest court or supreme court.


In Latin America and the Caribbean, seven countries recorded a progress in the presence of women in the supreme courts compared to the previous year. Three Caribbean countries have the largest increases: Jamaica (+11.93 p.p.), Barbados (+8.93 p.p.) and Trinidad and Tobago (+7.47 p.p.). These countries, along with Suriname (which also leads the region with a 73.7%), have the highest averages in the region and also make up their highest courts with a majority of women. 

In Latin America, Cuba, Chile and the Dominican Republic are the countries with the highest increases in female participation in their highest courts, with increases of 7.16, 6.16 and 5.88, respectively. Cuba is the country with the highest average in Latin America(62.16). 

On the other hand, in two countries in the region, the number of women judges in the supreme courts decreased: Belize (-25 p.p.) and Guatemala (-12.18 p.p.).

In the case of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court, made up of the Caribbean countries of Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, the British Virgin Islands, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, the percentage of women ministers in the court corresponds to a 63.63%.