The State of Women Judges Across Africa

Judges from Cote D'Ivoire From June 3-7, 2019, women judges across Africa converged in the beautiful city of Abidjan – the capital of Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa, for the biennial regional conference of the International Association of Women Judges. The four-day conference was hosted by the Association of Women Judges of Cote D’Ivoire (Association Femmes Juristes de Cote D’Ivoire-AFEMCI). The theme for the conference was “Unity, Judicial Cooperation and Solidarity Among Women Judges in the Implementation of Sub-Regional, Regional and International Laws.” The conference was filled with excellent presentations on a wide range of legal issues including mutual legal assistance and international judicial cooperation, the role of judges in implementing legal instruments relating to vulnerable people, protections against transnational crimes, trafficking in persons and migrants, cybercrime, terrorism , sexual and gender-based violence, and women’s rights to rural land and right to inheritance.