IAWJ Member, Hon. Uwani Abba Aji, Appointed to the Supreme Court of Nigeria

Nigeria | The IAWJ is proud to announce that one of our members, Hon. Uwani Abba Aji, has been appointed as Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria. Justice Abba Aji is also member of one of our member associations: the National Association of Women Judges, Nigeria (NAWJN). The Nigerian Senate confirmed Justice Abba Aji’s appointment on December 20.

IAWJ Member, Hon. Uwani Abba Aji, Appointed to the Supreme Court of Nigeria

Hon. Kholoud Al-Faqih, Stars in a Documentary of her Journey as on of the first two Women Judges in a Shari’a court in Palestine

Palestine | IAWJ Member, Hon. Kholoud Al-Faqih, is starring in a 76 minute documentary of her life as one of only two women judges appointed to Palestine’s Shari’a court. Judge Al-Faqih appears as herself in a documentary that explores her professional and personal experiences. According to Irish Times, Dr. Kholoud Al-Faqih became a judge in the shari’a courts in Palestine in 2009 with
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IAWJ at UNODC’s Expert Group Meeting on Gender-Related Judicial Integrity Issues in Seoul

Seoul, South Korea | Last month, six of our members from various countries and one of our expert staff members traveled to Seoul to represent the IAWJ at UNODC’s Expert Group Meeting on Gender-Related Judicial Integrity Issues. In a summary released by the UNODC, it highlights that the meeting was crucial because judiciaries worldwide face similar challenges in guaranteeing judicial integrity and independence.
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IAWJ at UNODC’s Expert Group Meeting on Gender-Related Judicial Integrity Issues in Seoul

Tunisian Association of Women Judges (TAWJ) Conducts Activity for Judges on Conflict Mediation

Tunisia | The Tunisian Association of Women Judges (TAWJ) conducted a training activity for almost 50 judges from all regions in the country on “mediation techniques in conflict management.” The goal of the training was to allow judges to learn new methods of dispute resolution. The workshop gave judges tools on how to achieve long-lasting peaceful solutions and improve communication between judges and plaintiffs. Participants learned
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Tunisian Association of Women Judges (TAWJ) Conducts Activity for Judges on Conflict Mediation

B20, C20 and W20 commit to fighting sextortion

Buenos Aires, Argentina | The B20 (Business 20), C20 (Civil 20) and W20 (Women 20), three of the G20 engagement groups, released a joint statement after their 2018 Summit in Buenos Aires were they commit to fighting sextortion. The groups says in the statement: “Corruption stands in the way of gender equality. It exacerbates gender disparities, increasing or at least perpetuating social inequalities
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B20, C20 and W20 commit to fighting sextortion

IAWJ Member, Hon. Helen Winkelmann Appointed Chief Justice of New Zealand

New Zealand | The IAWJ wishes to congratulate Hon. Helen Winkelmann for her new appointment as New Zealand’s Chief Justice. Justice Winkelmann, was appointed Chief Justice of New Zealand and Judge of the Supreme Court of New Zealand in December, 2018. She will start her role on March 13, 2019 as the current Chief Justice, IAWJ member Hon. Dame Sian Elias, retires. In
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Former IAWJ President, Chief Justice Brenda Hale, Addresses the Need for Diversity in the Judiciary

United Kingdom | Chief Justice Brenda Hale, former IAWJ President, talked to The Guardian about the need for diversity in UK’s judiciary. “The judiciary needs to be more diverse so that the public feel those on the bench are genuinely ‘our judges’ rather than ‘beings from another planet’,” she said. In the interview commemorating the 1919 act that allowed women to work, Chief
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Former IAWJ President, Chief Justice Brenda Hale, Addresses the Need for Diversity in the Judiciary

IAWJ Member, Justice Wavny Toussaint, Interviewed for Caribbean Life News

New York, USA | IAWJ Member, New York State Supreme Court Justice Wavny Toussaint, originally from Trinidad and Tobago, was interviewed for Caribbean Life News. In her interview, she encouraged young people interested in pursuing law careers to follow their dreams because “nothing is impossible.” Justice Toussaint was the first Trinidadian to become a judge in New York. After a lost election in 1999,
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IAWJ Present at the Summit of African Women Judges & Prosecutors on Human Trafficking and Organized Crime

Vatican City | The Pontifical Academy of Sciences hosted a two-day Summit of African Women Judges & Prosecutors on Human Trafficking and Organized Crime on December 12 and 13. IAWJ Board Members, Hon. Saida Chebili, Hon. Ngozi Emehelu, Hon. Hannah Okwengu, and Hon. Susana Medina represented the IAWJ at the Summit along with over twenty IAWJ members.  Almost fifty women participated in the conference.
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IAWJ Member, Hon. Gita Mittal’s Court Order Leads to the Criminalization of Sextortion in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir, India | Based on IAWJ Member, Chief Justice Gita Mittal’s court order, the legislature has recognized sextortion as a criminal offense in Jammu and Kashmir punishable with  3-5 years of jail time plus a fine. Jammu and Kashmir has become the first Indian state to recognize sextortion as a separated criminal offense. The Bill “Jammu and Kashmir Criminal Laws (Sexual Offences)
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IAWJ Member, Hon. Gita Mittal’s Court Order Leads to the Criminalization of Sextortion in Jammu and Kashmir