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International Association of Women Judges Holds 18th Africa Regional Conference in Accra

Chief Justice Gertrude Sackey Torkornoo has urged women Judges to take decisive action against negative cultural practices, emphasizing the urgent need for concerted efforts to address gender-based violence and female genital mutilation. “We must integrate legal principles with socio-cultural contexts to effectively combat these harmful practices," she stressed.


                         Citing alarming statistics, Justice Torkornoo lauded Ghana's efforts to address gender-based violence through specialized courts,
                         such as the Child-Friendly Gender-Based Violence Courts, which prioritize the protection and well-being of child victims and witnesses.


                         She said the 2010 Demographic and Health Survey showed that 36.6% of women had experienced physical violence by the age of 15.
                          About one in four women have suffered physical/and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner (UN Women, 2022).

                         She highlighted the plight of women head porters (kayeyei) in Ghana and other negative  cultural practices that affect women, including
                         workplace exploitation, child marriage, domestic violence, forced migration, virginity testing, and female genital mutilation.


                                         Members of IAWJ Ghana Chapter, in a group photograph with the Chief Justice, the Hon. A-G and other dignitaries at the conference


                          She quoted article 39 (2) on cultural objectives, which states that  

                           'The State shall ensure that appropriate customary and cultural values are adapted and developed as an integral
                           part of the growing needs of the society as a whole; and in particular, that traditional practices which are injurious to
                           the health and well-being of the person are abolished'


                          She encouraged Judges to apply the law in a manner that sends a signal of abhorrence of every form of exploitation, including the
                          promotion of human rights and protection of women from harmful cultural and traditional practices."


                          Chief Justice Torkornoo highlighted the role of the Judiciary in promoting human rights and fostering investment-friendly environments,
                          emphasizing the importance of championing efficiency, integrity, and transparency in the justice delivery system.

                           Justice Torkornoo noted that Judges can contribute to societal progress while safeguarding the rights of women and vulnerable populations.


                                                    HE President Akufo-Addo addressing the conference


                           In his opening address, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo praised the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ)
                           for its unwavering commitment to advancing women's rights and combating harmful cultural practices.


                          He commended the dedication of women Judges across Africa in advocating for justice and fairness, particularly in addressing issues
                          such as gender-based violence, child marriage, and female genital mutilation. He reaffirmed the government's commitment to upholding
                          the rule of law and reiterated Ghana's support for the Judiciary, emphasizing ongoing projects aimed at improving judicial infrastructure
                          and ensuring the safety of Judges nationwide.


                                                                              Members of IAWJ Ivory Coast Chapter at the Conference


                         Justice Binta Nyako, President of the IAWJ, noted that women still face discriminatory norms, cultural practices, and systematic biases,
                         resulting in barriers to accessing justice.


                                                                                  Members of the Uganda Chapter of IAWJ at the Conference

                          Also in attendance were Ghana’s Attorney-General & Minister for Justice Mr. Godfred Yeboah Dame, Executive Director of IAWJ, Ms. Christie Jones,
                          Regional Director of IAWJ for West and South Africa, Hon. Justice Roli Harriman, Regional Director IAWJ  for Central and East Africa and President
                          of IAWJ, Ghana Chapter, Her Ladyship Justice Rita Agyeman-Budu.

                          The 5- day conference brought together 278 women Judges from 12 African Countries.


                         After the conference, participants had the opportunity to experience some of Ghana’s most beautiful tourist/historic destinations like the Elmina
                         and Cape Coast Castles in the Central Region, the Accra Arts and Craft Market, the Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park and Mausoleum, the
                         Independence Square in Accra, a tour of the Cocoa Processing Factory and GTP Textile Factory both in Tema and a boat cruise from Akosombo
                         to the Dodi Island in the Eastern Region.

                                                                          Members of IAWJ Nigeria Chapter at the Conference


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