The International Association of Women Judges organizes its membership along five different regional divisions: Africa; Asia and the Pacific; Latin America and the Caribbean, Europe and the Middle East and North Africa; and North America.
Every other year, a member association in the region hosts a regional conference. These conferences take place on the off years between the IAWJ’s International Biennial Conferences and provide the members with a venue to discuss current issues in the region. IAWJ members from outside the region attend to gain comparative experience. Conferences are a great chance to network with judges in your region, attend substantive sessions on pressing issues, and explore a new city.
Upcoming Regional Conferences
Africa | Abidjan, Ivory Coast
The Association of Women Judges of Ivory Coast (AFEMCI) hosted the 2019 African Regional Conference of the IAWJ in Abidjan. The Conference theme was “Mutual assistance, judicial cooperation and solidarity among the women judges in the implementation of sub-regional, regional and international laws.” The conference took place in June 3-7.
Europe, Middle East, and North Africa | Madrid, Spain
Hosted by the Association of Women Judges of Spain (AMJE), the 2019 Europe, Middle East and North Africa Conference of the IAWJ took place in Madrid, Spain, on April 25 and 26. In conjunction with the Conference, AMJE hosted an International Congress with the theme “Justice with a Gender Perspective.” Almost 400 people from 35 different countries participated in this conference.
For video summaries of the conference go to InMujer’s YouTube channel.
Asia Pacific | Bohol, Philippines
The Philippine Women Judges Association (PWJA) hosted the Asia Pacific Regional Conference of the IAWJ in conjunction with the 24th Annual Convention-Seminar of the PWJA in Panglao Island, Bohol from February 27 to March 1. The conference theme was Justice … in the Hearts of Women. It covered important topics facing judges in the region, which includes: Women as Catalysts in Nation Building and Development, the Pitfalls of Technology and its Effect on Women and Children, Victim Blaming for Sexual Crimes, and Cross-border Parental Abduction. For more information see our News Blog on the conference.
Latin America and the Caribbean | Mexico City, Mexico
The Mexico Chapter of the IAWJ hosted the 3rd Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Conference in Mexico City, Mexico. The conference theme was Equality: From the Perspective of the Judiciary. It covered important topics facing judges in the region, which includes: Trafficking in Persons, Cyber Bullying, Migration, and Gender-based Violence. September 12-13, 2017. For more information on the conference, please reference the conference program (also available in Spanish and French).
Asia and the Pacific | Sydney, Australia
The Australian Association of Women Judges held this conference in conjunction with the National Conference of the Australian Association of Women Judges. The theme of the conference was the Impacts of Judging: An Asia Pacific Perspective. April 27-30, 2017. Contact person: Judge Robyn Tupman, email@example.com.
For more information, please download the flyer.
Africa | Nairobi, Kenya
The Kenya Women Judges Association Chapter of the IAWJ hosted the 15th African Regional Conference meeting themed Women Judges Enabling Sustainable Development Goals: Opportunities, Strategies & Challenges. The conference provided a platform for women judges to deliberate on their role in enabling sustainable development goals. The meeting addressed the following topics: Women in the justice system: the poverty question; Gender vulnerability in conflict situations; Emerging issues in legislation on GBV; Gender issues in the electoral process; Women in leadership; Sustainable stakeholder engagements and partnerships; and Women leadership in the judiciary. May 16-20, 2017. For more information on this meeting, please review the Conference Report.
Europe and the Middle East and North Africa | Budapest, Hungary
The Hungarian Association of Women Judges hosted a meeting focused on Gender Issues and Migration. Participants examined the particular circumstances of Unaccompanied Children and Girls caught up in the migration crisis. Events included a welcome event, a visit to the Hungarian Parliament, a regional business meeting of members, and a dinner. March 24-25, 2017. Contact person: Agnes Galajda, firstname.lastname@example.org
Middle East and North Africa (MENA) | Tunis, Tunisia
This conference took place from March 27th to 29th, 2015 at the Ramada Plaza Hotel in Tunis, Tunisia on the theme “The Independence of the Judiciary and the role of women judges.” Women judges from 8 jurisdictions participated including: Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, Morocco, Hungary and the USA. The meeting was held in conjunction with the IAWJ’s ILAC (International Legal Assistance Consortium) MENA program on ‘Strengthening Women Judges’ Capacity to Provide Judicial Leadership on Gender and Access to Justice’.
Asia-Pacific | Tagatay City, Philippines
The Philippines Women Judges Association held the IAWJ Asia-Pacific Regional Conference in Tagatay City, Phillipines on May 12-15, 2015. For more information on the meeting, please review the Conference Report prepared by Justice Susan Glazebrook.
Africa | Pretoria, South Africa
The Africa Regional Conference, ” Empowering Women, empowering communities: Let’s make it happen,” was hosted by the South African Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges (SAC-IAWJ) in cooperation with the IAWJ. It took place from August 7th-10th, 2015 at the University of South Africa (UNISA) Campus, Tshwane in Pretoria, South Africa.
Latin America and Caribbean | Sao Paulo, Brazil
The «International Seminar of Latin America and Caribbean Women Judges and Women Human Rights» was held in São Paulo, Brazil on October 21-22, 2015 and was hosted by the Brazil Chapter of the IAWJ. More information including the conference program, can be found on the CBIAWJ website.