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Judicial Leadership
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. 





In addition, the story of women judges’ leadership on the international tribunals is in danger of being lost. This project seeks to preserve the historical record by creating web-based and video materials documenting the leadership of women judges.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. In addition, the story of women judges’ leadership on the international tribunals is in danger of being lost. This project seeks to preserve the historical record by creating web-based and video materials documenting the leadership of women judges.

The IAWJ launched GLOW in February 2013 with a consultation in The Hague that brought together judges from international and national courts. Together, they reflected upon lessons learned vis-à-vis three topics: (1) legal doctrine, especially concerning “consent” to rape; (2) procedural and evidentiary rules in sexual violence cases that are potential models for domestic courts; and (3) culturally-specific ways in which sexual assault victims are stigmatized. After the initial consultation, the IAWJ held two regional conferences,
one in India for South Asian judges and another in Ghana for West African judges, to deepen the conversation begun in The Hague and expand the network of GLOW participants. The ultimate goal for 2014 is to distill this collective knowledge into public education materials on each of the three core topics discussed in The Hague.​



“The one area that I have been particularly sensitive about as a result of the GLOW program is that aspect of cross examination that touches on the past conduct of the victim as a means of putting her in a bad light. […] Previously, I would have allowed such questions as the rules of evidence do not specifically forbid them, but now I invoke my powers to control cross examination to remind Counsel to stick to the issue at stake.”

- Program Participant, The Hague, Netherlands, June 2013 P