Women judges in Ghana need to prepare themselves in order to meet the criteria to serve on international courts when the positions become available.
These were comments contained in the remarks made by Her Excellence Justice Akua Kuenyehia, a former judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague in the Netherlands and Her Ladyship Justice Sophia Akuffo, a current Supreme Court judge of Ghana and former judge and president of the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACtHPR) based in Arusha, Tanzania. The judges made this call at a conference dubbed “Women Judges Demystifying International Courts”organised by the Institute for African Women in Law (IAWL) in conjunction with the Ghana chapter of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), in Accra at the High Court Complex on Wednesday 29th June, 2016.
On her part, Dr. J. Jarpa Dawuni, a Professor at Howard University in the USA and the Founder and Executive Director of the Institute for African Women in Law shared her research findings which indicate that African women judges are making important contributions to international law and international justice. She encouraged the participants to break outside the mould and to pursue jobs within international courts. In her address, she advised the prospective candidates to research on past and present women judges on international courts in order to enable them to gain more knowledge on the needed qualifications to apply for such positions. She noted that the Institute for African Women in Law is a forum that seeks to enhance the capacity of African women lawyers, judges and legal academics in using the law as a tool for social change.