Delegation from the International Association of Women Judges joins the 8th Plenary Session of the Afghan Women Judges Association

Afghan women judges express their concerns and ask for support from the International Association of Women Judges

The Max Planck Foundation and its partners, the Afghanistan Legal Research and Development Organisation (ALRDO), together with the Afghan Women Judges Association (AWJA) hosted AWJA’s fourth plenary session in Kabul this year on 15 July 2021, the eighth since the beginning of the series in 2020. More than 30 judges contributed to the proceedings, which took place against the backdrop of a deteriorating nationwide security situation.

For the first time, the proceedings were also remotely attended by a high-level delegation of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), including leaders past and present, all of them prominent female judges from across the globe. In her keynote address, President Justice Susan Glazebrook expressed her sincere appreciation for the courage and determination shown by Afghanistan’s women judges in the pursuit of professional advancement even in difficult circumstances. The judges seized the opportunity to engage with the IAWJ’s delegation, emphasising their resolve not to leave the country and their commitment to promote justice in Afghanistan despite the personal risks and uncertainties they invariably incur.

After a lively open exchange, the judges also took the next steps towards the re-consolidation of AWJA’s leadership and corporate structure as part of the organisation’s upcoming general assembly. While the date and location of the event are yet to be determined subject to the prevailing circumstances, the judges affirmed their willingness to go ahead with the reforms.

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.