IAWJ and the Union of Moroccan Women Judges Hold Judicial Leadership Training

Marrakesh, Morocco | The International Association of Women Judges, together with our newly launched Member Association the Union of Moroccan Women Judges (UMWJ), held a Judicial Leadership Training in October 2018 for 20 judges. Among those  present were the UMWJ’s current leadership and members. IAWJ President, Hon. Vanessa Ruiz, and IAWJ Human Rights Education Director, Anne Goldstein, joined UMWJ President, Mina Sougrati, for the training.

The interactive training explored women’s judicial leadership principles with regard to judicial ethics codes and the Bangalore Principles. It also addressed their leadership as individuals, within a group, within the community, and within the judiciary. Specifically, members and invitees discussed how the UMWJ, as an association, can lead on issues of gender equality within the judiciary and of access to justice for women and girls in Morocco. This is one of the key characteristics distinguishing the UMWJ from other judges associations in the country.

To grow the membership and influence of the UMWJ, we developed ideas to promote the UMWJ’s unique role, including plans to launch a website in addition to a Facebook page, and an annual outreach work plan. The work plan includes outreach to women judges through leadership activities focused on awareness raising on sextortion within the legal and judicial profession, and how to address it.

The IAWJ and the UMWJ wish to thank IAWJ members and member associations that shared their secrets to success in response to the IAWJ survey!