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


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.

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.

In fall 2014, the IAWJ held its 8th Judicial Education Program for six Afghan Women Judges with its partner, the Rural Women Leadership Institute in Vermont (RWLIV). While in the US, the judges participated in seminars on various legal topics, observed court management and jury trials firsthand and had the coveted opportunity to visit the US Supreme Court and meet with the distinguished Associate Justice Elena Kagan Ginsburg.

As part of the professional capacity building goal of this grant, the Afghan women judges identified their need for English and computer skills classes. The IAWJ responded to this request by creating a computer center at the Wilayat central courts in Kabul. The instant success of the English and computer training initiative has spread throughout the judicial sector leading to demands for increased participation. Additional sessions and sections of the classes were established so that more women judges at different
judicial levels could participate.
“IAWJ has had an important role in reviving the Afghan Women Judges Association and establishing English and computer courses, the essential components for the Afghan women judges’ growth. We hope that IAWJ judicial education programs and international travel opportunities will continue to be provided to Afghan women judges so they can keep extending their professional knowledge and gaining great experience on judicial matters.”

- Program particpant, Washington DC, USA, September 2013