IAWJ members have gained prominence and visibility by leading on issues of human rights and access to justice.
By leveraging a global network of expertise, launching national initiatives, and forging local partnerships, women judges are rising to key leadership roles and advancing the rule of law in their societies. As a result, litigants are gaining greater confidence in the fairness of courts because judges resemble the population that comes before them rather than a judiciary drawn from only one demographic sector.
Below are pathways to leadership that IAWJ provides to its members:
Collaborative Leadership: IAWJ members worldwide exchange knowledge, experiences, and best practices. An example is the Global Leadership of Women (GLOW) program, from 2012 to 2014, which amplified the leadership of women judges who sit on international tribunals and those presiding on domestic courts in West Africa and South Asia. The program’s aim was to improve the justice system’s response to sexual violence by sharing strategies, procedures, and cases decisions. See page 39, FLOW Booklet in Resources below.
Institutional Leadership: IAWJ members in over 43 countries have built national associations of women judges with strong reputations and active membership. IAWJ members in Argentina have created a domestic violence office within the Supreme Court and IAWJ members in Morocco have collaborated with women religious leaders to end child marriage.
Educational Leadership: IAWJ members train their peers on issues of gender discrimination and gender-based violence, ranging from sexual violence against children in Zambia to human trafficking in Haiti to property rights in Nepal and Malawi. Members have served on judicial assessment trips involving conflict-affected countries such as Libya, the Central African Republic and Syria, to ensure that post-conflict judicial reconstruction is gender-responsive.
“Leadership is not typically something Moroccan women dream of. The IAWJ is the first time that someone gave us a voice and trusted us as female judges.” –IAWJ Member from Morocco and participant in the ILAC-MENA Project