The International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ-U) on Friday the 5th of February 2021 had a meeting with the Honorable Chief Justice of Uganda, Justice Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny-Dollo JSC, at his chambers in the High Court. The purpose of the meeting was to seek his approval for the planned IAWJ-U projects which are; the joint IAWJ-U IDLO (International Development Law Organization) project and the NAWJU/KWJA IAWJ (Kenya Women Judges Association/ International Association of Women Judges) Trafficking in Persons project.
The IAWJ-U President, Hon. Lady Justice Henrietta Wolayo together with the IAWJ-U Program Officer briefed the Hon. Chief Justice on the joint IAJW-U IDLO project and its activities. The main goal of the joint project is to contribute to the dispensation of gender sensitive and responsive adjudication for rural and marginalized women and girls in Uganda.
Hon. Lady Justice Olive Kazaarwe thereafter introduced the IAWJ-U IAWJ Trafficking in Persons project, whose aim is to raise awareness of the vice of Trafficking in Persons as part of the efforts to end modern slavery.
The Hon. Chief Justice commended IAWJ-U for joining the worldwide fight against Gender Based Violence and encouraged the Association to be relentless in pursuing it. He advised that once publications are developed as stated in the project plans, we should have them translated by professionals into the local languages. He also encouraged the use of FM radio stations to sensitive the public about Gender based violence. The Hon. Chief Justice was pleased to hear that trainings were being planned in both projects as this was a necessity in enlightening judicial officers about gender justice. He further commended IAWJ-U on creating international Networks and thereafter gave the official approval for both projects to commence.
Present at the meeting was Hon. Lady Justice Susan Abinyo and Her Worship Lorna Tukundane who is the grade one magistrates’ representative on the Executive Committee.