The IAWJ attended and actively participated in the Second High-Level Meeting of the Global Judicial Integrity Network in Doha, Qatar

On February 25-26, UNODC convened a High-Level Meeting of the Global Judicial Integrity Network in Doha, Qatar, attended by more than 700 participants from 118 countries and 50 judicial associations and organizations, including IAWJ.  The meeting focused on the “Past, Present, Future” of the Network, in particular, its work on emerging judicial integrity issues relating to gender, social media, and artificial intelligence.  IAWJ members featured prominently among the speakers:  IAWJ President Hon. Vanessa Ruiz and IAWJ Board member Hon. Margarita Luna Ramos spoke in the plenary session on Gender-related Judicial Integrity Issues; IAWJ Board member Hon. Hannah Okwengu spoke on a panel on Mainstreaming Anti-Corruption at the Top: Transparency and Accountability of the Highest Bodies of the Judiciary; Hon. Shiranee Tilakawardne and IAWJ Senior Advisor Nancy Hendry spoke on a panel on Us Too?  Bullying, Harassment and Other Gender-related Integrity Issues. Nancy presented key findings from the paper on “Gender-related Issues in the Judiciary,” available at https://www.unodc.org/documents/ji/knowledge_products/gender_paper.pdf.  Hon. Anisa Dhanji represented the IAWJ as a member of the delegation.  Hon. Vanessa Ruiz used the occasion to announce a joint proposal by the Chief Justice of Qatar, Dr. Almohanadi and the IAWJ to recommend that the General Assembly of the United Nations establish an International Day of Women Judges.  At the conclusion of the meeting, UNODC announced that Hon. Vanessa Ruiz and Chief Justice Mathilda Twomey, Supreme Court of Seychelles would be joining the Network’s Advisory Board, furthering its goal of gender parity.  IAWJ representatives took advantage of their time in Doha to meet with some of the Qatari women judges and encourage their participation in the IAWJ.  

Photo Source: UNODC

To view the video of the announcement of the initiative to establish an International Day of Women Judges, please click here.