Uganda through the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) will be
hosting the 17th African Region Conference for all women judges under their
umbrella body of International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ).
The event which will take place from Wednesday 26th to Saturday 29th
October 2022 will be held at Speke Resort Munyonyo Kampala under the
theme “Women Judges: Breaking barriers to equal justice and strengthening
According to Justice Henrietta Wolayo, the President National Association of
Women Judges, the conference will attract over 300 local and International
delegates with the President of the Republic of Uganda, His Excellency Yoweri
Kaguta Museveni being the Chief Guest.
President Museveni will be accompanied by other dignitaries including the
Chief Justice of Uganda who will host fellow Chief Justices from the region.
The three-day conference will hold discussions around critical issues such as
women in judicial leadership, enhancing Community Justice System, justice
delivery in sexual and gender-based violence, emerging Issues in Youth Justice,
access to justice for persons with disability and the mentally challenged, role of
technology is abetting or obstructing Gender justice delivery, gender and land
justice, victim centred justice processes among other issues.
Wolayo noted that as women Judges and Magistrates, they will work towards
alleviating the barriers that hinder access to justice by ensuring gender
responsive adjudication and a victim centred approach; alleviating barriers to
access to judicial services faced by different categories of people such as
persons with disability, children, women, and other marginalised groups.
“I thank the Judiciary for taking lead in hosting this conference, the
International Development Law Organisation and the Austrian Development
Cooperation for the finance and technical support accorded, and Civil Aviation
Authority for the financial support accorded,” she said.
The conference will attract delegates from countries across Africa including;
Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zambia, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast,
Cameroon and Benin.