“The CNDH reports that representation of women in its governing body is guaranteed in that one (1) of the members is to be a representative of a women’s rights organization. The SCA is of the view that this requirement is not sufficient to ensure appropriate gender balance in the CNDH. Further, the SCA notes that, of the forty-four (44) staff of the CNDH, only twelve (12) (or 27%) are women. 

The SCA emphasizes that a diverse decision-making body facilitates the NHRI’s appreciation of, and capacity to engage on, all human rights issues affecting the society in which it operates, and promotes accessibility of the NHRI for all its citizens. 

The SCA encourages the CNDH to take further steps to ensure pluralism, including appropriate gender balance, in its composition.”