“The Constitution and EO 163 do not require that the membership and staff be representative of diverse segments of society. The SCA notes that the CHRP has indicated that, in the staff recruitment process, diversity is taken into consideration, that currently the staff is diverse in terms of religious belief, profession and other characteristics, and that it maintains appropriate gender balance.
The SCA notes that section 7(g) of proposed CHR Act provides that the composition of the CHRP must observe equal gender balance.
The SCA emphasizes that diversity in the membership and staff of an NHRI facilitates its appreciation of, and capacity to engage on, all human rights issues affecting the society in which it operates. In addition, it promotes the accessibility of the NHRI for all citizens.
A diverse decision making and staff body facilitates the National Human Rights Institution’s appreciation of, and capacity to engage on, all human rights issues affecting the society in which it operates, and promotes the accessibility of the National Institutions for all citizens.
Pluralism refers to broader representation of national society. Consideration must be given to ensuring pluralism in the context of gender, ethnicity or minority status. This includes, for example, ensuring the equitable participation of women in the National Institution.”