*LOCATION: KENZI ROSE GARDEN*
Description: In the 30 years since the IAWJ was founded, much has changed for women in the judiciary, but work remains to be done. Women have become Chief Justices, from Australia to Zambia; they have achieved roles that once seemed unimaginable. Yet IAWJ members in many countries still report instances of being held to a different standard than their male colleagues. They still report a dearth of family-friendly policies, and gaps in support from their judiciaries. Associations of women judges have played an important role in facilitating the networking, information sharing, professional opportunities, and solidarity that enable women judges to thrive, advance, and lead. This panel will explore the challenges that women judges still face on their leadership journeys and the role that the IAWJ and its affiliated associations can play in enabling their success.
Moderator: Nancy Hendry, USA
- Saida Chebili, Tunisia
- Cecilia Palomo Caudillo, Mexico
- Agnes Murgor, Kenya
- Maria Filomena D. Singh, Philippines
- Alalatoa Rosella Viane Papalii, Samoa
Nancy Hendry: Nancy Hendry has served as Senior Advisor for the IAWJ since 2010. Her particular interest is in abuse of power for purposes of sexual exploitation and the relationship between gender inequality and corruption. In addition to leading the IAWJ’s work on sextortion, she has focused on projects promoting gender equality, inclusive justice, access to justice, and women's judicial leadership. A graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Law School, Ms. Hendry has broad experience in government and the non-profit sector, including as General Counsel of the Peace Corps and Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of the Public Broadcasting Service. Her previous experience also includes legal work with the Children’s Law Center, the U.S. Department of Education, and the law firm of Wald, Harkrader and Ross, teaching as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and service as a Peace Corps Volunteer in St. Louis, Senegal.
Saida Chebili: After studying at the Faculty of Economic and Political Science of Tunisia she obtained her law license, and then began her Masters in private law in Paris (obtained in 1986). She also has a diploma in advanced fiscal law studies. She joined the magistrature in 1988 as a tribunal judge of first instance in Bizerte. Now, she is President of the tribunal of First Instance of Sousse. She specialises in civil and fiscal law. Since 1988, she has presided in many civil, commercial, prudhomme (employment contract), and local personal status law and fiscal tribunals. She has worked as a councillor in an appeals court for 6 years and a court of cassation for 3 years. She has pursued training with Unicef for 3 years and she has become a specialist in mediation. She also teaches on the subject of trafficking in persons and the fight against torture. In 2016, she founded the Tunisian Association of Women Judges and was elected IAWJ regional directore of North Africa, Europe and the Middle East for a second term (2021-2023).
Agnes Murgor :Hon. Lady Justice Agnes Murgor was appointed a Judge of the Court of Appeal in December 2012. She was admitted to the Roll of Advocates in 1987 and began career at Hamilton Harrison and Mathews Advocates as Legal Assistance. Thereafter, she served as a State Counsel in the Attorney General's Chambers in the Treaties and Agreements Departments between 1988 and 1992. She practiced as a partner at Murgor & Advocates legal firm, specializing in corporate and commercial business transaction between 1992 and 2007. She later joined the East African Breweries Limited as Legal Counsel/ Group Company Secretary, responsible for EABL and its subsidiary companies covering six countries within East African region. In addition to her judicial role, she serves as Chairperson of the Performance Management and Measurement Steering Committee (PMMSC), whose mandate includes inter Alia, institutionalizing performance management in the Judiciary for the enhancement of performance and productivity. Hon. Lady Justice Murgor is the current President of the International Association of Women Judges, Kenya Chapter.
Maria Filomena D. Singh: Justice Maria Filomena D. Singh earned her Juris Doctor degree from the Ateneo de Manila University School of Law with Second Honors distinction. She pursued further studies at the Washington College of Law of the American University in Washington, D.C., USA for a Master of Laws in International Legal Studies. She earlier obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English major in Imaginative Writing, cum laude, from the University of the Philippines. She practiced law for 10 years before joining the Judiciary in October 2002 as the Presiding Judge of Branch 31 of the Metropolitan Trial Court of Quezon City. In June 2007, Justice Singh was promoted to the Regional Trial Court of Quezon City as Presiding Judge of Branch 85 . Justice Singh was bestowed the Don Antonio Madrigal Award as MostOutstanding First Level Court Judge of 2007 by the Society for Judicial Excellence of the Supreme Court. On 18 May 2022, Justice Singh took her oath before Chief Justice Alexander G. Gesmundo as the 194th Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, replacing Senior Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas-Bernabe. Justice Singh is only one of two female Justices sitting in the Philippine Supreme Court.
Cecilia Palomo Caudillo, Mexico: Cecilia Palomo Caudillo is a Professor and Lecturer specialized in human rights and gender perspective, PhD Candidate at the International University of La Rioja, Spain; Master's Degree in Legal Argumentation from the University of Alicante in Spain; Master in Legal Sciences from the Panamerican University, Campus Aguascalientes; Expert Degree in Legal Argumentation from the University of Palermo, Italy; Specialty in Political, Economic and Social Sciences from the Phoenix Institute at the University of Notre Dame, United States; Specialty in Constitutional Justice from the University of Castilla La Mancha, Toledo, Spain; Diploma in Human Rights from the Henry Dunant University Institute in Geneva, Switzerland; Diploma in Legal Comparison Methodology, Constitutional, Supranational and Electoral Justice Models, University of Bologna, Italy; Diploma in Family Law from the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile; Vice President of the Mexican Bar Association in Aguascalientes, associated with the UNESCO Chair in Literacy for the Future and member of the IAWJ, as well as its chapters in Spain and Mexico, she has been a Professor in the Mexican Federal Judiciary for more than 8 years.
Alalatoa Rosella Viane Papalii, Samoa: She was appointed and sworn in as a District Court Judge of Samoa in 2017; she sits on all proceedings within the District Court jurisdiction including criminal, civil, traffic, family, family violence and youth court and she is also the principal presiding judge for the therapeutic Alcohol and Drugs Court (District Court) of Samoa. Prior to her judicial elevation, she practiced law for 12 years in the private sector operating her own law firm (RV PAPALII LAW) whilst at the same time serving on the executive council of the Samoa law Society for more than 10 years. She graduated with a masters in law degree in 2004 from Waikato University in Hamilton New Zealand but also holds 3 other degrees from the same university including a bachelor of laws.