The South African Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges was formed in August 2004 and was formally inaugurated by the then South African President Thabo Mbeki at a ceremony on 8 August 2004. He expressed that in the construction of a genuine democracy it imposes an obligation to end the clearly unjust situation of the gross under-representation of women in our judiciary. Hence the establishment of this Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges must be the attainment of the vitally important objective of gender equality as a feature of the democracy we are striving to construct in South Africa.
The Chapter is a juristic person. It is a non-profit and non-governmental organization. A firm resolution is the empowerment of female judicial officers, who are magistrates and judges. The creation of an inclusive judiciary is its principle aim and focus. The membership of the Chapter comprises both Judges and Magistrates and seeks to bring together judicial officers in South Africa who embrace the objectives of the Chapter and the International Association of Women Judges. The South African Chapter welcomes all judicial officers, regardless of gender, race, or rank in the judicial hierarchy, with the aim of promoting solidarity among judicial officers.
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The South African Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges was formed in August 2004 and was formally inaugurated by the then South African President Thabo Mbeki at a ceremony on 8 August 2004.
The membership of the Chapter comprises both Judges and Magistrates, and seeks to bring together female and male judicial officers in South Africa, who embrace the objectives of the International Association of Women Judges.
Since its inception 24 years ago, the IAWJ has grown to more than 4, 600 members in more than 75 countries around the globe, and has made great strides in empowering women throughout the world so that the day to day problems of women and children can be properly resolved through judicial systems.
The Chapter is a juristic person, which is further a non- profit and non-governmental organization...read more
The South African Chapter promotes the participation of its members in national and international conferences, judicial exchanges, fora seminars and training programs in order to increase their understanding of the broad range of social, economic psychological and cultural factors that affect and/or influence women who interact with or are affected by the justice system. Further the Chapter supports programmes and activities to discourage violence and abuse in our society, with particular focus on violence against women, children and other vulnerable groups in support of a violence-free society.
One of our primary objectives is facilitating and encouraging the exchange of information on issues of mutual interest, to look at challenges of women leadership in the judiciary and to bridge the gap, being the lack of communication, between Lower and Higher Courts...read more