ACIJLP organizes the first activities of its campaign “Empowering Women to Hold Judiciary Positions in Egypt”

The Arab Center for the Independence of the Judiciary and the Legal Profession (ACIJLP) organizes a workshop titled “Women Holding Judiciary Positions in Egypt….Legislative and Real Obstacles” on Monday, 30 January, 2006 at the Shepheard hotel’s Nefertiti hall.

The workshop studies and analyzes the real and legislative obstacles that deprive Egyptian women of their right to hold judiciary positions. The workshop will include a number of research papers presented by specialized judges, lawyers, law professors and human rights activists about the legislative and every day life obstacles, as well as the position of the media and civil society institutions towards these obstacles.

The workshop is organized within the framework of ACIJLP’s campaign “Empowering Egyptian Women to Hold Judiciary Positions”, supported by the European Union, which starts in January until the end of 2006. The campaign includes many workshops and training courses and aims to try and change the Egyptian reality that rejects the idea of giving women judiciary positions. It also aims to define the related every day and legislative obstacles and the accompanying reading of laws related to appointment in judiciary bodies, laws organizing judiciary work and comparing them to relevant international criteria.

The campaign also aims to offer various visions about the necessary steps to enable women to exercise their constitutional and legal right to hold public positions.

Many rights, diplomatic, media and parliament, as well as human rights and civil society figures will participate in the workshop.