IAWJ Past President, Hon. Susana Medina de Rizzo shares her Presidency Memories

Dr. Susana Medina was President of the IAWJ from 2016-2018. As President, Dr. Medina contributed her time, travel, and connections. This commitment to IAWJ greatly expanded our membership and its value to women judges worldwide. Her tenure culminated in one of the largest Biennial Conferences, which was held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2018, and she attained the highest level of sponsorship and funding to support the ongoing work of the IAWJ.

In her words, her main goal during her presidency was 

“to continue the work of my predecessors, and to build bridges between the women judges of the world, overcoming barriers imposed by distances, judicial systems, language, religion and culture.”

As President, she proudly represented IAWJ in activities such as the Summit of Judges on Trafficking in Persons and Organized Crime organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences; the Conference “Women and Justice” organized by the Association of Women Judges of Guatemala; the 7th Annual Forum of Judges and Lawyers “Movements of refugees and migrants on a large scale: the role of judges and lawyers”; Training of Trainers Seminar “Towards the strengthening of the Dominican Judicial System against Gender Violence; Domestic violence and the judicial function” organized by the IAWJ and the National School of the Judiciary; among others.

During this period, twelve new IAWJ Chapters formed: Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Guyana, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Morocco, Mexico, Nicaragua (in progress), Paraguay, Peru, and Tunisia.

Read more about her work as president in her Presidency Memories