Taking advantage of the resignation of Arturo Zaldívar, President López Obrador will be able to appoint a 5th member of the Court during his six-year term.
The Senate took longer to debate the causes of that resignation than the announcement of his incorporation into the team of Morena’s virtual candidate for the presidency.
Following the example of who was the first woman elected as Head of Government of CDMX, she left office with only one year remaining.
The controversy of that resignation put the relationship between the president and the judiciary back on the public agenda, since so far he has appointed 4 of the 11 ministers that make up the Supreme Court of Justice.
However, it has also begun political attacks, public accusations and legal reforms, attempting to undermine the sovereignty of one of the powers of the Union, without removing its finger from the line so that its members are elected in electoral processes.
Without losing the opportunity, as he did at the beginning of 2022, the President sent a shortlist of women candidates to the Senate, one of the requirements being their militancy and proximity to the 4T.
Sadly, gender parity in the Supreme Court of Justice is hostage to a political strategy of the 4T.
As it did more than a year ago for the appointment of Loretta Ortiz, the presidential chair tarnishes the profile of 3 women, by putting militancy and political closeness before the professional merits of each of them.
If we analyze the conditions under which said shortlist was formed and proposed, under the protection of women’s political rights, Andrés Manuel López Obrador exercised gender-based violence.
174 years after the first Convention for Women’s Rights, using gender parity only as an argument shows that there is still a lack of political will and true State commitment to truly support the feminist cause.
In the midst of this process that the Senate must follow, there is an important date: November 25, “International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women”, which calls for reflection.
It is enough to remember one of the conclusions of the United Nations Special Rapporteur, when studying the Independence of Magistrates and Lawyers, in the Report on the participation of women in the Administration of Justice, prepared in 2021:
“Under the appearance of appointments based on a gender perspective, political appointments can hide that are not compatible with the requirements of autonomy, independence and suitability.”
That is to say, the 4T detracts from women’s access to these positions, by using as a discourse and banner the equality of social, political and economic rights of women, instead of promoting the feminist cause with conscience, convictions and congruence.