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Developing the Capacities of Women Judges as Leaders, Trainers and Catalysts for Enhancing the Rule of Law and Equal Justice in Afghanistan

Since 2004, the IAWJ has collaborated with the women judges of Afghanistan and played an integral role in forming the Afghan Women Judges Association (AWJA). The program has focused on developing the capacities of Afghan women judges to provide leadership among their peers and to support their work and efforts to promote the rule of law and equal justice through the judiciary. It also provides networking and judicial education opportunities for the women judges, both in Afghanistan and through their participation in international judicial programs.

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Judicial Leadership
Hon. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Hon. Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the US Supreme Court with Afghan Women judges on September 13th, 2012 in Washington, DC.

Golden Gate University International Association of Women Judges 
Fellowship Program

This fellowship is awarded to a woman jurist from a developing country to go to San Fransisco to complete a nine-month program of individualized coursework to earn a graduate law degree from Golden Gate University. 

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Cooperative Fellowship
West Africa and South Asia
Global Leadership of Women (GLOW) 

The Global Leadership of Women (GLOW) program draws on and amplifies the leadership of women judges who sit on international tribunals and domestic courts in West Africa and South Asia. The focus of the program is on improving the justice system’s response to issues of sexual violence. It seeks to distill some of the lessons learned by women judges serving on international tribunals and make their wisdom and experience more widely available to judges and other end users in the targeted countries. 

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Members participate in a meeting of the IAWJ’s Global Leadership of Women (GLOW) Program in Arusha, Tanzania on May 10th, 2014.​
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Middle East and North Africa Region (MENA)
Strengthening Women Judges’ Capacity to Provide Judicial Leadership on Gender and Access to Justice. 

In October 2014, the IAWJ launched a new program called Strengthening Women Judges’ Capacity to Provide Judicial Leadership on Gender and Access to Justice. This program is one component of a larger Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Program awarded to the International Legal Assistance Consortium (ILAC) and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).

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