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Members of the Association world-wide converged in the conference city of Arusha, Tanzania for their 12th Biennial Conference held on the 5th-9th May, 2014. The Conference took off with a very colourful Opening Ceremony which was attended by dignitaries from all over the world, including the President of the host country, His Excellency, Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete and the Hon. Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Aloma Mukhtar GCON. Twenty-six judges and justices from Nigeria attended the conference, including the four justices of the Supreme Court, the President of the Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, several Justices of the Court of Appeal, several Chief Judges etc.Find out more
Between 12th-14th June 2014, the Lagos State Judiciary paid host to NAWJN members serving in the South-West zone of the Country to hold the first GLOW Conference in the Country. The theme of the Conference was “Justice For All” in line with the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) objectives. The event was graced by the His Royal Highness, the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwan Akiolu with several High Chiefs. Her Excellency the Deputy Governor of Lagos State and the wife of His Excellency Mrs Fashola were represented. The participants at the conference were drawn from all works of life including Men and Women Judges from various jurisdictions serving in the South West and Chief Magistrates serving in Lagos State, School Children, Police Officers, Medical Personnel, Market Women, and Community Leaders, .The welcome address was given by the Chief Judge of Lagos State, Hon. Justice Ayotunde Philips. Hon. Justice Kekere-Ekun JSC, represented the Hon. the Chief Justice of Nigeria. There was a welcome cocktail, and gala dinner. Also a meeting with His Excellency the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola. For a full report on this event, see our publications and media linkFind out more
On 15th of October 2014, delegates to the conference, Resource persons, and invited guests arrived at Gombe and were immediately registered for the conference. In the evening, the Gombe state Judiciary hosted delegates to a dinner at the Gombe International Hotel, venue of the conference. Prominently in attendance at the conference on the 16th of October 2014 were The Executive Governor of Gombe State Alhaji Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo and some of the members of the Gombe State Executive Council. The Speaker of the Gombe State House of assembly Hon. Alhaji Inuwa Garba and some of his members of Parliament, The Hon. President of the Court of Appeal, Hon. Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa and eight Justices of the Court were in attendance. The Chief Judge of Gombe State, Hon. Justice Hakila Y. Heman and the Grand Khadi of Gombe state Hon. Khadi Abdullahi Usman Maikano and their Judges and Khadis were also present. The Emir of Gombe, His Royal Highness Alh. Abubakar Shehu Abubakar III Chairman, Gombe State Council of Emirs and Chiefs and other traditional rulers. Others also in attendance were Executives of NAWJN, Judges, Magistrates, lawyers, (Male and Female) from the six states of the North West. Resource Persons, Deputy commissioner of Police, Policemen and Women and other paramilitary organizations, investigators, women groups, school children, media organization, members of the press and other members of the public. The Exco members paid a visit to the Emir and met with palace Chiefs to explain the purpose of the conference.Find out more
Between the 23rd and 25th day of October 2015, over 250 judges from all over the country converged at the Andrew Otutu Obaseki Auditorium, National Judicial Institute, Mohammed Bello Centre, Abuja Nigeria for the Annual National Conference and National GLOW Conference to celebrate the achievement of women in Nigeria as lawyers and judicial officers particularly the then Chief Justice of Nigeria, Hon. Justice Aloma Muktar GCON. and the unveiling of the training manuals published by the NAWJN to train police officers and enlighten the public on Rape, defilement, abduction and kidnapping in English and the three major Nigerian languages.Find out more
Two training workshops sponsored by the International Association of Women Judges were held in January 2015.
The first was held on 15th January for school children. The purpose of the training was to bring to the fore issues of GBV, barriers that affect girls and women from reporting the incidents with a view to finding ways of addressing GBV, thus creating avenues for women and children to fully partake in decisions that affect them and their communities, socially, educationally, economically and even politically. The workshop was held at Ilimi International College Gombe. Participants were male and female students, their Career, guidance and counselling teachers and some heads of the schools. Judges, Magistrates, Lawyers, Resource Persons, members of the Press and other stake holders participated at the event.
Another one day training workshop on 22nd January 2015 was sponsored by the International Association of Women Judges was organised in Gombe, North East Nigeria by the National Association of Women Judges Nigeria to sensitized women groups on gender based violence, specifically abduction and rape. The purpose of the training was to break the silence on gender based violence by naming and shaming it for what it is. Also to encourage women to fully participate in the decision on whether a case of gender based violence should be taken to court or that it be swept under the carpet as it is traditional and usually done.Find out more
GLOW Workshop TAGGED “JUSTICE FOR ALL” (CHANGING ATTITUDES, CHANGING BEHAVIOURS) TOWARDS OFFENCES OF RAPE, DEFILEMENT, KIDNAPING AND ABDUCTION), ORGANISED BY THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN JUDGES, NIGERIA (NAWJN) ON THE 30th DAY OF APRIL, 2015 AT THE BISHOP KELLY PASTORAL CENTRE, AIRPORT, BENIN CITY. The Chairperson of the occassion was the Hon. the Chief Judge of Edo State, Hon. Justice Idahosa. The workshop was attended by school children from 10 different schools, Palace Chiefs, over a hundred Police Officers, Judges, Magistrates, Law Officers, Community leaders, market women groups etc. Incisive lectures were given by Doctors, judges, lawyers etc to train Police Officers medical personnel, and law officers on how to investigate and prosecute rape, defilement and abduction, kidnapping. Over 800 participants registered for the conference.Find out more
The South -South Zonal Glow Conference of the National Association of Women Judges of Nigeria in partnership with the International Association of Women Judges was held on Thursday May 21, 2015 at Yenagoa, Bayelsa State of Nigeria.
The conference adopted the theme ‘VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN: STOP THE SILENCE’ and featured the underlisted papers:
• Police investigation and practical Information on prosecution skills on
• Psychological and medical impact on victims of sexual offences.
• Preservation of gender dignity against the backdrop of sexual offences.
• Right the wrong not victimizing the victim.
• Moral talk- sexual violence a violation of God’s temple.
The African Regional Conference of the International Association of Women Judges took place in Pretoria South Africa from 7th to 10th August 2015. The theme of the conference was beyond words, beyond 2015, embracing the discourse of legal implementation to realize planet 50-50. the Nigerian delegation of 12 NAWJN members attended the event. The NAWJN work on the GLOW programme was one of the papers presented at the conference.Find out more
THE 13TH BIENNIAL CONFERENCE OF INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF WOMAN JUDGES TITLED: WOMEN JUDGES AND THE RULE OF LAW, ASSESSING THE PAST ANTICIPATING THE FUTURE HELD ON 26 – 29 MAY 2016 WASHINGTON D.C., USAFind out more
The West African Sub Regional Conference of the International Association of Women’s Judges was Hosted in Abuja by the National Association of Women’s Judges.
The event featured presentations by eminent Jurists from 8 West African Nations, including a keynote speech by the Hon. Chief Justice Walter Onoghen (CJN) of Nigeria and was ably hosted by the president of NAWJN, Hon. Justice Abba Aji. (JCA)
THE 14TH BIANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE IAWJ
The 14th Biannual Conference of the International Association of Women Judges , IAWJ , took place in Buenos Aires , Argentina in May 2nd to 6th .Over 900 Judges from 78 Countries convened for the event.
Nigeria’s IAWJ National Chapter, the National Association of Women Judges of Nigeria, NAWJN’s delegation was led by Hon Justice Peter Odili JSC, Hon Justice Amina Augie JSC, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa JCA, President , Court of Appeal, Hon Justice Awani Musa Ab’aji, JCA, NAWJN President , Hon Justice Binta Nyako of the Federal High Court and 1st Vice President , IAWJ complimented by Justices of the Court of Appeal, Heads of Court and Hon Judges of several judiciaries.
The colourful opening ceremony was flagged off at the grandiose historical Colon Theatre, where political and legal luminaries made memorable opening remarks, notably, Elena Hington de Nolasco, co founder of the IAWJ and first female Supreme Court Judge in Argentina, the Chief Governor of the City of Buenos Aires, Horatio Rodriguez Larreta as well as the immediate past IAWJ President , Susana Medina de Rizzo.
The theme of the Conference ” Building Bridges Between Women Judges of the World” influenced the discussions at the 8 sessions comprising of 23 Panels of the Biannual Conference.
The Conference slogan “More Women More Justice”, ” Mass Mujeros Mass Justice “, “Plus de femme, Plus de Justice ” was intermittently reverberated by the delegates.
Topical issues bordering on Gender Parity, Women and the Girl Child’s Rights predominates the debilibrations , other issues discussed included forced marriages , Women and Children Trafficking and Exploitation, the social impact of abduction in the International sphere, digital transformation of the Judiciary and the legal profession, Reproductive Health and Rights with the gender perspective.A documentary featuring Palestine’s Khaloud Falaki , the first female Sharia Jugde in the Middle East was highly applauded by delegates.
The participants later broke into the IAWJ Regional Chapters for their respective Regional Continental Meeting .
At the IAWJ African Regional Meeting,Hon Justice Ngozi Emehulu , the Chief Judge of Enugu State was appointed the International Director for the West African and North African Sub Region, with her appointment she is now a Member of the IAWJ Board of Governors. Also on the Board is Hon Justice Binta Nyako, of the Federal High Court,Her Lordship was elevated from the second Vice President to IAWJ’s Ist Vice President.
The former second Vice President , Hon Justice Vanessa Ruiz of the District of Columbia, New Zealand, was installed as the President of the IAWJ , 2018 – 2020.
Members of the African Chapter resolved to formally adopt the Draft African Chapter Constitution without prejudice to recommendations from the Chapter’s Constitution Review Committee members who have been given a 6 months time frame to present their recommendations. This explains the reason for the email hitherto sent to your Lordships by the international Director, Hon. Justice O.O. Goodluck ( with the Draft Constitution attached) for your comments .
It was further resolved that the annual dues of 5 (five) USD per annum be retained per member (of the African Chapter). Also adopted was the resolution to retain the IAWJ Regional Secretariat in Nairobi, Kenya. Hon Justice Hannah Okwengu of Kenya was re-elected as the International Director for the IAWJ East and South African Sub Region , she is thus a Member of the Board of Directors of the IAWJ.
Eight national associations of women judges were officially registered as IAWJ members, they are Cote D’ Voire ,Guatamela, Jamaica, Mexico , Morrocco , Paraguay , Peru and Tunisia.
NAWJN delegates were hosted to a reception in their honour by His Excellency, the Nigerian Ambassador in Argentina , Jonah Mkpuruka .
The next IAWJ African Regional Conference will be hosted in Cote D’ Voire whilst the IAWJ Conference is slated for New Zealand.
Signed Hon. Justice O.O. Goodluck
International Director, NAWJN