The Kenya Women Judges Association (KWJA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization registered under the Societies Act. Cap 108 Laws of Kenya. The Association was registered in July 1993 under an exemption clause in the Societies Act.

At the time of registration of KWJA in 1993, the Association had only three members: Hon. Lady Justice Effie Owuor, J (CA Rtd), Hon. Lady Justice Joyce Aluoch, J (Now Judge of the ICC) and Hon. Lady Justice Roselyn Nambuye, CA, then a magistrate. KWJA membership has increased over the years with the current number standing at 120 members.

Our Vision:

A leading association in Kenya of Women Judges and Magistrates that promotes human rights, with special focus on gender parity and access to justice for women and children.’

Our Mission:

To promote and enhance human rights with special focus on gender parity and access to justice for women and children through empowerment, awareness creation and development of jurisprudence of equality.

We as the Kenya Women Judges Association realize our vision through:

  • Creating an enabling environment for accessing the courts and responsive justice
  • Skills and knowledge enhancement for judicial officers on human rights and gender parity and access to justice
  • Promoting equal representation
  • Promoting solidarity amongst judicial officers, partners and stakeholders

Our Slogan:

Empower women empower the nation.

Membership

We accord membership in three categories namely;

  1. “Full membership”, which is open to any Kenyan woman serving as a Judge or Magistrate;
  2. “Associate membership” which is open to retired Judges or magistrates who have been members of the Association and who are committed to the cause of the Association and wish to remain as members,
  3. “Honorary Life Membership” which may be conferred by the AGM upon the recommendation of the
    Executive Committee;

As KWJA we aim and object to

  • Advocate for and encourage the appointment and recruitment of women into the Judiciary and particularly the appointment of greater number of women Judges and Magistrates so that the Judiciary reflects an equal role for men and women in the Society.
  • Develop, strengthen and protect the principles of the rule of law and the equality of all before the law and in particular to promote and encourage gender equality in all matters relating to the administration of justice.
  • Keep under review all aspects of discrimination on gender basis and to work actively towards the eradication of all forms of discrimination against women in administration of justice.
  • Promote by means of fair administration of justice all matters of family unity, child survival and development and in any other way to protect the sanctity of the family.
  • Engage in research, studies, judicial exchange and training programs which contribute to the understanding of and resolution of critical legal issues affecting women, children and families.
  • Exchange research findings and information with sister associations and other organizations engaged in the field of administration of justice as it affects in particular, women and children with a view to establishment of best practices.
  • Support the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) in its activities and those of any other Women Judges Association.

Governance & Management

The Executive Committee is made up of 6 officials and 3 co-opted members and is assisted by 11 regional representatives. Our day to day operations are managed by our Secretariat, comprised of a Program Coordinator, an Administrative Assistant and a Project Accountant, based in Nairobi at the Milimani Law Courts.

Our new Strategic Plan 2017-2021 which will guide our activities was validated recently by our members. The development of this Strategic Plan benefitted from wide consultations with the membership of KWJA and a number of external partners & stakeholders.
The Plan provides a platform for us to rebrand and undertake activities in accordance with our vision. The leadership and membership of KWJA are confident that the Strategic Plan is an accurate expression of the strategic direction that our members desire for the Association.