The Afghan Women Judges Association: Empowerment through Capacity Building, Partnership and Advocacy

An impressive number of women entered or re-entered the formal judicial system after the fall of the Taliban and the 2004 Constitution of Afghanistan enshrined women’s equality before the law, the right to an education, and the right to work among many other fundamental rights. Female judges, however, face a whole array of de jure and de facto barriers and discrimination preventing them from performing their duties on equal footing with their male counterparts. Afghanistan’s journey to attain a durable and sustainable peace depends, inter alia, on the strength, professionalism and inclusiveness of its democratic institutions, including the Judiciary. Women have a fundamental role to play in today’s development of Afghanistan, even though their contribution and exposure to the public sphere is still perceived with scepticism by certain groups.

The Foundation’s project consists of two components: the first one geared towards the empowerment of the Afghan Women Judges Association as a collective body equipped to advance the representation, the role and effectiveness of female legal professionals, with a focus on judges. The second one is intended to strengthen the skills and knowledge of female legal professionals, with a focus on judges, to consider and apply constitutional rights, including fundamental rights and freedoms, in cases under their adjudication. The Foundation will implement this project together with its partner organisation in Kabul: The Afghan Legal Research and Development Organisation (ALRDO).


German Foreign Office


1 January 2020 – 31 December 2021

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