The Afghan Women’s Judges Association (AWJA) held its second plenary session on 23 July 2020, in Kabul. The meeting was supported by the Foundation and the Afghan Legal Research and Development Organisation (ALRDO)
The female judges had a frank discussion over the recent draft of a strategical document that would guide the organisation’s work in the coming years. The debate focused on the future of AWJA, more specifically in which direction the organisation should be heading. The AWJA members are at a key juncture at the moment: they are aiming at deciding how the organisation should define and organise itself best to sustainably foster the cause of Afghan women judges, their role in Afghan society and the judicial system.
The Foundation’s Country Manager for Afghanistan, Dr Ilaria Vianello, and the director of ALRDO, Dr Saeed Lutforahman, both addressed the judges, giving input and best practices to ensure local ownership and independent decision-making for AWJA. The session concluded that AWJA members want to concentrate on fostering a professional network and on strengthening advocacy work within the Judiciary, especially the Supreme Court of Afghanistan.
Several more plenary sessions are planned for the rest of this year in order to discuss the Association’s specific goals in more detail and define the way ahead. This was the first event with AWJA that the Foundation supported online, in partnership with ALRDO, in Kabul and forms part of the German Federal Foreign Office funded project “The Afghan Women Judges Association: empowerment through capacity-building, partnership and advocacy“.