IAWJ News – February
- Within the UNODC’s Global Judicial Integrity Network, judicial and legal experts from different regions created Draft Guidelines on the Use of Social Media by Judges, based on existing regional and national standards and experiences. The UNODC wants you to give them your input and comments on this draft until 28 March 2019. You will need to register here to access the Draft Guidelines. You will be able to submit comments via their online query system. UNODC will compile the comments received and update the guidelines. The new text will be presented at the next High-Level Meeting of the Global Judicial Integrity Network on 18 and 19 November in Doha, Qatar. The IAWJ is a partner of the Network.
- The Tunisian Association of Women Judges conducted a training for 40 women judges on international humanitarian law and international human rights law in January.
- The Association of Women Judges of Spain released a statement titled “Without Women, There Are No Human Rights.” The statement has been featured in several Spanish news outlets. You can read a summary of the statement on our website.
- Former IAWJ President, Hon. Susana Medina, joined Palestinian judges for a women judges and prosecutors empowerment event organized by members of the IAWJ at Ramallah.
- The Indian government informed that women barely constitute 7% of the total judges in all 25 high courts across the country.
- The Tanzania Women Judges Association organized, with UN Women, a forum on the promotion and protection of women’s access to justice in Tanzania.
- The International Anti-Corruption Conference, in the Copenhagen Declaration: Stand Together for Peace, Security and Development from October 2018 recognized that “gendered corruption, including sextortion, is an aggravated type of corruption that deepens gender inequality, hinders the empowerment of women and constitutes a clear violation of human rights. New and disaggregated data on the impact of corruption on women is urgently needed. Gender perspectives should be mainstreamed in anti-corruption public policy design, implementation and monitoring.”
Resource of the Month
- The Global Women’s Institute at George Washington University, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the World Bank Group launched a Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) Resource Guide with basic information on the characteristics and consequences of VAWG. It also offers guidance on how to integrate VAWG prevention and the provision of quality services to violence survivors within a range of development projects. Lastly, it recommends strategies for integrating VAWG into policies and legislation, as well as sector programs and projects.
Women Judges in the Spotlight
- Hon. Rehema Kerefu, Hon. Barke Sehel, Hon. Dr. Mary Levira, and Hon. Winifrida Beatrice Korosso have been appointed to Tanzania’s highest court, the Court of Appeals.
- Hon. Ayesha A. Malik and Hon. Alia Neelum are members of the new Committee for Protection of Women Judges in Lahore, Pakistan. Justice Malik is the head of the Committee.
- Hon. Lara Esteve, member of the Spanish Association of Women Judges, was interviewed for Diario16 about the status and challenges of gender based violence courts and complaints in her country.
- Hon. Brenda Murray and Prof. Judith Resnik, members of the National Association of Women Judges, were among the committee assigned to brief the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights regarding how to evaluate the civil rights of women in prison.
- Hon. Lucia Avilés, from AMJE, wrote an OpEd titled “Due diligence“, where she claims that creating and applying policies to eradicate violence against women are an obligation of the state.
- Hon. Francisca Zapata, President of the Association of Chilean Magistrates, was interviewed about the lack of promotions for women in the Chilean judiciary by La Tercera.
IAWJ Projects Update
- On January 25, 2019, our chapter in Haiti (CHAIFEJ) and the IAWJ held a ceremony in Port-au-Prince to mark the official closure of the three-year project “Combatting human trafficking in Haiti.“ The ceremony commemorated the work of CHAIFEJ members and partners from throughout the country. The project resulted in increased awareness among magistrates on the law against human trafficking, which was enforced in twenty cases with 6 judgements; increased awareness by police officers; and increased harmony between law enforcement and judges; as well promoted a change in the mindset of the population resulting in a net decrease of children in domestic servitude.
Upcoming Meetings & Conferences
- The IAWJ will host a delegation for the 63rd annual meeting of the UN Commission on the Status of Women from March 11 – 15, 2019, in New York, USA.
- IAWJ’s Board of Directors meeting will take place March 16-17 in New York, USA.
- IAWJ 2019 Europe, Middle East, and North Africa Regional Conference will be hosted by the Association of Women Judges of Spain on April 25 and 26 in Madrid, Spain. The theme of this conference will be: “Justice with a Gender Perspective”. YYou can see the final agenda here. Register for free here.
- The Annual Meeting of the Canadian Chapterof the IAWJ will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia from April 30 to May 2, 2019.
- IAWJ 2019 African Regional Conference will be hosted by the Ivory Coast Section of the International Association of Women Judges from June 3 – 7 2019 in Abidjan. The theme is “Unity, judicial cooperation and solidarity among the women judges in the implementation of sub-regional, regional and international laws.” You can find the program of the conference here. Register here.
- The National Association of Women Judges’ 41st Annual Meetingwill take place in Los Angeles, California, US, from October 15 – 19, 2019.
- IAWJ 2019 Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Conference will be hosted by the Association of Women Judges of the Dominican Republic (AJURD), from November 23 – 25, 2019 in Punta Cana.
- IAWJ’s 15th Biennial Conference: “Celebrating Diversity” will be hosted by the New Zealand Association of Women Judges (NZAWJ) in Auckland, Aotearoa, New Zealand from May 7 – 10, 2020.
Don’t forget to check out our Calendar of Events for more information!
Professional and Leadership Opportunities
- The UN is seeking judges for its Dispute Tribunal (UNDT), which is part of its internal system of administration of justice that addresses employment-related disputes. The deadline is March 31.
- UK Aid Direct is opening a new cycle of community partnership and impact grant proposals for organizations based in their top 50 Least Developed Countries List or in the UK. The deadline is April 17.
- The European Commission is accepting proposals for preventing and combatting gender-based violence and preventing and combatting violence against children. The deadline is June 13. Eligible countries: members of the European Union, Iceland and Serbia. More information here and here.
- End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) is accepting workshop proposals for its International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Violence Across the Lifespan to “promote innovative techniques, unique approaches, and promising practices in responding to gender-based violence.” The deadline is May 1. More information available here and here.
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