Women judges from Africa meet in ICJ Colloquium

Women judges from across Africa participated in the first ICJ Colloquium on Women and the Judiciary on 12 and 13 August in Arusha, Tanzania.

The Arusha Colloquium, was opened by the Chief Justice of Tanzania and was hosted in collaboration and partnership with the Tanzania Women Judges Association and the Judiciary of Tanzania.

It enabled thirty five senior women judges from over fifteen African jurisdictions to come together to share their stories and reflect on and discuss their personal and professional experiences and challenges as women within the judiciary.

They were joined by over 15 women human rights defenders and lawyers.

Colloquium themes included the importance and role of women within the judiciary,  independence and impartiality issues effecting women judges, appointment and promotion procedures, education and training needs and the role of women judges associations.

Discussions also addressed the role of the judiciary in advancing gender equality, women’s access to justice and protection of women human rights defenders.

The Colloquium marks the beginning of an ICJ multi-year initiative on women judges, lawyers and human rights defenders as agents of change.

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