The Foundation and ALRDO support the organisation of the fifth AWJA plenary session

This session focused on identifying the most pressing steps AWJA will take to achieve its mission

On 11 February 2021, the Max Planck Foundation and the Afghanistan Legal Research Development Organisation (ALRDO) facilitated the Afghan Women Judges Association’s (AWJA) first plenary of 2021 in Kabul. The event focused on considering the concrete steps that AWJA members can take to promote the presence of women at all levels of Afghanistan’s Judiciary, including through achievement of AWJA’s strategic goals.

In addition to discussing the findings of the fourth AWJA plenary session regarding the association’s mission and the development of an action plan, participants also viewed an interview between Foundation staff and the German Women Lawyers Association (Deutscher Juristinnenbund, DJB). The DJB President and Executive Officer were able to share with AWJA members the experience, hurdles, and successes of German women in the advancement of gender equality in the legal profession — many of which are shared with their Afghan counterparts. An interactive discussion then followed regarding the holding of an AWJA general assembly, and how to work to provide security for female judges in Afghanistan.

Especially in light of the recent terrorist attack resulting in the death of two female judges, AWJA members are increasingly preoccupied with their own safety and security. Together, AWJA members embody a commitment to a heterogeneous and representative judiciary working to build a stronger Afghanistan.

This event was part of the German Federal Foreign Office funded project, “The Afghan Women Judges Association: empowerment through capacity-building, partnership and advocacy.”