Afghan Women Judges Association

The Afghan Women Judges Association (AWJA) is Afghanistan’s premier membership organization for women judges in Afghanistan. The AWJA believes that female judges in Afghanistan, in collaboration with male judges, have a powerful opportunity to advance the rights of citizens, especially women, throughout the country. By providing professional growth opportunities to members and advocating for equal access to justice, the Association believes it can achieve a vision of Afghanistan as a country where everyone’s human rights are protected by the rule of law.

Our Vision

An Afghanistan where everyone has equal rights and access to justice.

Our Mission

To advance equal rights and justice for all through professional development of women judges and public education on women’s rights.

 

 

 

 

Statute

Donors Coordination Meeting Objectives

  • Coordination and cooperation to  achieve the AWJA strategic goals
  • Empowerment of AWJA by support of donors
  • Sustainability  and development of AWJA through fundraising

AWJA History

  • The Afghan Women’s Judges Association (AWJA) charter was approved by the High Council of the Supreme Court of Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on August 2012 by Approval Number 661 and 216 judges have membership of the AWJA.

AWJA Structure

  • Head of AWJA
    • Secretary
    • Head of Finance Committee
    • Head of M&E
    • Committee 
    • Head of Cultural Committee

AWJA Strategic Plan and Work Plan

Vision

An Afghanistan where everyone has equal rights and access to justice.

Mission

To advance equal rights and justice for all through professional development of women judges and public education on women’s rights

Strategic Plan 2013 – 2015

  • AWJA Goal 1: Women judges in Afghanistan have optimum professional judicial capacity
  • AWJA Goal 2: Women and men have equal presence and participation in the judicial sector taking into consideration the circumstances
  • AWJA Goal 3: The AWJA has a strong and sustainable organization structure and financial support

 

 

Strategic Plan 2013 – 2015

  • AWJA Goal 1: Women judges in Afghanistan have optimum professional judicial capacity
  • Strategic Objective for 2014: Increase the availability of professional development opportunities for women judges

Work Plan Activities 2013 – 2014

  • Activity 1:  Provide all women judges in Afghanistan with access to a complete judicial training curriculum tailored to judges’ schedules
  • Activity 2:  Provide women judges with access to legal resources

Work Plan Activities 2013 – 2014

  • Activity 3:  Provide women judges with professional networking opportunities  including annual conferences
  • Activity 4:  Conduct regular outreach to members, and regularly receive feedback from members

Accomplishments to Date

  • Training Programs Scheduled and Underway
  • Law Library Established at the AWJA Office
  • First and Second Annual National Conference held

Work Plan Activities 2013 – 2014

  • First Member Satisfaction Survey Conducted
  • Communications Plan Developed and Adopted
  • Performance Monitoring Plan Developed and Adopted

Strategic Plan 2013 – 2015

  • AWJA Goal 2: Women and men have equal presence and participation in the judicial sector taking into consideration the circumstances

Strategic Plan 2013 – 2015

  • Strategic Objective for 2014: Increase the percentage of women judges to serve in the provinces and appointment of women judges like men judges all over the country through increased facilities and security.

Work Plan Activities 2013 – 2014

  • Activity 1:  More provinces have women judges working at provincial and district courts
  • Activity 2:  A women judge is a member of the Supreme Court High Council

 

Accomplishments to Date:

  • Advocacy Plan Underway
  • Recruiting potential candidates for Regional Postings
  • Advocacy training scheduled

Strategic Plan 2013 – 2015

  • AWJA Goal 3: The AWJA has a strong and sustainable organization structure and financial support.
  • Strategic Objective for 2014: The AWJA has the organizational capacity to support planned activities.

Work Plan Activities 2013 – 2014

  • Activity 1: Develop and adopt basic organizational and financial policies, procedures, and systems.

Accomplishments to Date:

  • Policies, Procedures, and Systems Adopted and in Place:
    • Finance Manual (including Chart of Accounts)
    • Quick Books
    • Inventory Database
    • Communications Policy
    • Office Management Manual
    • Fundraising Plan
    • Organizational Development Plan

Donors  - تمویل کننده گان

  • Government (Supreme Court )
  • ستره محکمه جمهوری اسلامی افغانستان
  • International Women  judges
  •  Association انجمن بین المللی قضات زن
  • USAID (DPK) دفتر حاکمیت قانون

 Donors Support

  • International Judges Association
  • English&  Computer courses for female judges
  • USAID (DPK) technical supports of AWJA & capacity building of AWJA member judges

Success of AWJA

  • Establishment of Independent Women judges Association (AWJA)
  • Organizational development policy, plans, and ToR
  • Capacity building for women judges in Gender justice, English Language and legal training
  • Participation of AWJA members in International women judges association conference
  • Conduct Women Forums in Kabul and provinces for Law and Shaira Faculties’ female students

AWJA Success

  • Conducted conferences, celebration of 8th March, the International Women’s Day.
  • AWJA 1392 election
  • Participation of women judges in short term courses outside the country 
  • Participation in international programs

 

 

 

             Association Committee

A: Brief Introduction of Qazawatyar Shakila Abawi Shagarf

Head of Women Judges Association

Ms. Shakila Abawi Shagarf was born in 1960 in Kabul province, completed her primary education at Jamal Mina’s Girls School, her baccalaureate at Rabia Balkhi Girls High School, and her Bachelor’s in Sharia from Sharia Faculty of Kabul University in Jurisprudence and Law and Islamic Studies in 1983. Ms. Shagarf gained judiciary profession after completing the Judiciary Stage course in 1986 and started working as a Judge at the Public Rights and Crimes against Local and International Security Divisions at Kabul City Regional Courts, Criminal Divisions, Civil and Public Security Division of Kabul Family and Juvenile Private Courts as well as a Reporter of the Criminal Division at the Supreme Court.

Ms. Shakila Abawi Shagarf has been elected as the Head of Cultural Commission of the Association during the first Women Judges Association Conference. She has worked to support women Judges organizing fields before being elected as the Head of the Association. She helped design the Association’s logo, instructions and duties of the Commissions, preparing membership cards, programs, and cultural issues. In addition, Ms. Shagarf has participated in seminars and conferences related to women and has travelled to South Korea, United States, and New Zealand.

 

B: Qazawatmand Nazira Sapai

Director of Cultural Commission of the Association

Ms. Nazira Sapai was born in Kabul in 1988, after completion of secondary education at Bibi Sarwari Sangari high School; she completed her higher education in Sharia at the Sharia Faculty of the Kabul University in 2011.  After successful completion of a two-year Stage in 2014, she entered the Judiciary profession. Before entering the Judiciary profession, she worked at RTA as Orator and also at the Educational TV broadcasted by the Ministry of Education and also worked as a Defense Lawyer at the Afghanistan International Legal Foundation. She worked as a Legal Advisor at Afghan Women Educational Capacity Building Organization, the Asia Foundation, and also at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul.

Ms. Sapai is now working as a Reporter Judge at Commercial Division of the Supreme Court and during her tenure, she has always worked as an Afghan woman with full honesty and hence, she has been awarded cash prizes and appreciation letters. 

 

C: Tahmina Safai, Director of Monitoring Commission

Ms. Tahmina Safai was born in 1987 in Kabul province. She completed Sharia Faculty at the Kabul University in 2009. After graduation from the 27th Stage Judiciary course, she worked as a Reporter Judge at the Criminal Division of the Supreme Court and is now working as a Judge of the Public Rights Division of the City Primary Court in 3rd Police District of Kabul City.

 

D: Qazawatmand Zuhal Rahiq, Director of Finance Commission

Ms. Zuhal Noori Rahiq was born in 1979. After graduation from Sharia Faculty of the Kabul University in 2009 and after passing the special exam, she entered the Judicial Stage and completed the course in 2011, and gained the Judiciary Stage. At first she worked as a Judicial Reporter of the Civil Division of the Supreme Court. In 2012, she became a judicial member of the Public Rights Division of the 2nd Police District in Kabul city and in 2013, she once again started working as a Judicial Reporter at the Public Security Division of the Supreme Court. Since 2015, she is working as a judicial member of the Public Rights Division at 4th Police District in Kabul City.

 

E: Qazawatmand Zuhal Nisari Pasoon

Secretary of the Association

Ms. Qazawatmand Zuhal Nisari was born in 1988, completed her secondary education at the Zarghona High School in 2005, and her higher education in Law at the Law Faculty of the Kabul University in 2008. Ms. Zuhal completed the 26th Judiciary Stage Course and entered the Judiciary profession in 2011. She first worked as a Reporter of the Public Security Division of the Supreme Court and then worked at the Commercial Primary Court in Kabul and now, working as a member of the Criminal Division of the Primary Court of 3rd Police District in Kabul City. She is familiar with English language and computer technology.

 

Our Strategic Plan

The AWJA’s activities are guided by the Association’s Strategic Plan, developed by the AWJA leadership and approved by the High Council of the Supreme Court of Afghanistan. The plan includes the Association’s overarching strategic objectives and priority activities for 2013 to 2015.

Our Activities

The AWJA is committed to providing professional growth opportunities for women judges; increasing the numbers and advancement of women judges at all levels of the courts to more accurately reflect their full participation in a democratic society; and ensuring equal justice and access to the courts for women, minorities, and other historically disfavored groups.

Continuing Legal Education:-

The AWJA provides unique opportunities for members to enrich their professional lives.

AWJA National Conference:-

Each year the AWJA holds a National Conference for members. The Conference serves as an opportunity for women judges in Afghanistan to network and study current judicial affairs.

Promotion of Women in the Judiciary:-

The AWJA works with Law and Shari’a faculties across Afghanistan to encourage top women law students to become judges.

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