African Women Judges Commit to Tackling Gender Based Violence with International Association of Women Judges-Africa Region Forum

Africa | “Women judges, magistrates and prosecutors have signed a commitment that would see a concerted approach by women justice actors to combating Gender Based Violence (GBV) in Africa.” According to the Journal du Cameroun, representatives of women judges, magistrates, and prosecutor associations from Kenya, Liberia, Uganda, Tanzania, South Sudan, Somalia, Zambia and Nairobi, committed to creating an International Association of Women Judges-Africa Region Forum to eliminate GBV.  

The delegates met in Nairobi during the “Regional Conference for Women Justice Actors on Knowledge Sharing, Creating Partnerships and Combating Systemic Impunity Towards Gender Based Violence.” The theme of the conference was: “Strengthening the Role and Contribution of Women Justice Actions in the Adjudication of GBV Cases.”

 “The group also committed itself to ensuring that women judges and national associations undertake to carry out sustained advocacy to curb sexual and gender based violence within their jurisdictions.”

For this, the group is set to create women judges associations in African countries that lack them, as well as holding an annual regional conference to review GBV issues. According to the group,

“GBV was rampant due to weak enforcement mechanisms, lack of awareness, culture, poverty and gender discrimination and called for strategies that transcend legal and policy intervention.”

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