Gender equity, equality, social justice and fair representation are key areas that require the most emphasis in the quest for empowerment and recognition of the vital roles that women play in society today. Women in leadership, particularly law enforcement, require mentorship to effectively execute their roles and overcome the challenges that come with leadership whilst mentoring and empowering other women to fit into these roles in future.
Against this backdrop, AGA-Africa Programme in collaboration with the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), Kenya Chapter organised a Women Judges and Magistrates Mentorship Forum themed: Personality, Purpose & Passion: Pathways to Leadership on 30th July 2021.
The webinar was aimed at empowering women judges and magistrates to achieve their fullest potential by ensuring their full and effective participation at all levels. The webinar discussions also focused on providing a platform for increased support and interaction among women judicial officers to enhance decision-making and to better prepare them for leadership roles.
Hon. Lady Justice Agnes Murgor, JA, President, IAWJ-Kenya Chapter officially opened the training followed by remarks from Kim Robinson AGA-Africa Programme Country Coordinator for South Africa.
The discussions were led by Hon. Judge Ramona A. Gonzalez, Presiding Judge, La Crosse County Circuit Court, Wisconsin U.S., Hon. Theresa Holmes Simmons, Assistant Chief Immigration Judge, Arlington, Charlotte, Philadelphia and York Courts U.S., Hon. Lady Justice Effie Owuor, Retired Judge, Court of Appeal Kenya, and Hon. Lady Justice Jessie Lesiit, Judge, Court of Appeal, Kenya.
The moderator for this training was Ebelechukwu Enedah, AGA-Africa Programme Country Coordinator Nigeria and Partner, PUNUKA Attorneys & Solicitors
The webinar was brought to a close by Hon. Lady Justice Hellen Wasilwa, Judge, Employment and Labour Relations Court, Kenya.