The Foundation together with the Afghan Legal Research Development Organisation (ALRDO) facilitated this year’s first plenary session with the Afghan Women Judges Association (AWJA).
The goal of the session on February 20, 2020, was to openly discuss within a group of members the association’s work in 2020, with the aim of strengthening the association’s structure and mission.
The Foundation Head of Afghanistan Projects, Wolf Plesmann, started the plenary session by offering a general introduction on what it takes to establish an association. The presentation outlined the main challenges and opportunities faced by associations when trying to establish themselves. A particular focus was laid on the issue to advocate for fundamental rights that might be perceived as controversial. Subsequently, a legal expert from the ALRDO team presented the legal criteria for setting up associations in Afghanistan. This brief prelude was followed by a very interactive discussion amongst AWJA’s members on how to constructively overcome their obstacles, both internal and external, by taking advantages of their own strengths and external opportunities. The concrete outcome of the plenary session was the formation of a working group whose goal will be to develop a time-bound roadmap and a detailed action plan for the consolidation of the association.
This event was part of the German Federal Foreign Office funded project “The Afghan Women Judges Association: empowerment through capacity-building, partnership and advocacy“.