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

IAWJ Board Member, Hon. Mina Sougrati, Attended the UN Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Migration

Marrakesh, Morocco | IAWJ Board Secretary, Hon. Mina Sougrati represented the IAWJ at the Intergovernmental Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration in Marrakesh where, on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 164 nations voted to support the Global Compact for Migration. With almost 85% of UN Member States supporting it, the first global agreement
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IAWJ Board Member, Hon. Mina Sougrati, Attended the UN Conference to Adopt the Global Compact for Migration

IAWJ Former President, Hon. Teresita Leonardo de Castro, Wrote an Op Ed for the UNODC

IAWJ Former President, Hon. Teresita Leonardo de Castro, from the Philippines, wrote an Op Ed for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) discussing Sextortion, which is “the abuse of power to obtain a sexual benefit or advantage.” In the article titled “Exposing and Preventing Sextortion in the Judiciary“, Justice Leonardo de Castro highlighted that “sextortion violates fundamental ethical standards, because even if
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IAWJ Former President, Hon. Teresita Leonardo de Castro, Wrote an Op Ed for the UNODC

IAWJ Staff Joined our Chapter in Malawi, Women Judges of Malawi, in Activities to Assess Program Results

Malawi | IAWJ staff joined our member association in Malawi, Women Judges of Malawi (WOJAM), in a series of activities to assess our program‘s results in improving response to sexual violence. We hosted focus groups to measure the impact of training judges and prosecutors, as well as of holding public outreach meetings. We had a great turnout for the meetings with the presence
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IAWJ Staff Joined our Chapter in Malawi, Women Judges of Malawi, in Activities to Assess Program Results

The National Association of Women Judges of Nigeria (NAWJN) Holds Biennial Conference in Abuja

Abuja, Nigeria | The National Association of Women Judges of Nigeria (NAWJN) held its Biennial Conference in Abuja this month. The theme of the conference was “Life after the Bench: the Judge Emeritus.” The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen, gave the opening remarks and called upon judges to always be themselves and to be guided by the constitution. “Call a spade
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