Sixth plenary session lays the ground for AWJA’s general assembly

This session focused on the adoption of steps geared towards the organisation of AWJA General Assembly

On 8 April 2021 in Kabul, the Foundation and the Afghanistan Legal Research Development Organisation (ALRDO) jointly hosted this year’s second plenary session of the Afghan Women Judges Association (AWJA), the sixth since the inauguration of the series in 2020. Discussion centred on the preparations of AWJA’s upcoming general assembly at which the future institutional framework of the organisation and its leadership stands to be decided.

The opening of the proceedings on this occasion included the screening of a video message to the attending judges by Professor Dr Susanne Baer, judge at the German Federal Constitutional Court. In a compelling address, she related challenges that female judges did and still do face in Germany, emphasizing not least the importance of women’s representation in the judiciary and of the wider public promotion of gender justice.

At the event, judges selected and appointed the members of an executive group to supervise the General Assembly proceedings, outlining rules and regulations for attendance, proposals and candidate eligibility and the amendment of the AWJA’s statutes. Participants to the plenary session included both current and prospective members of AWJA who contributed to the lively discussion.

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