Kenya Women Judges Association is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-governmental was founded and Registered in July 1993 under the Societies Act under an exemption clause as there were only three Female Judges in Kenya at that time namely Hon. Lady Justice Effie Owuor (JA Rtd) Hon. Lady Justice Joyce Aluoch currently with ICC and Hon. Lady Justice Roselyn Nambuye JA. The KWJA ideals and vision for existence are anchored on the values of gender equity and equality, social justice and fair representation.
The Association is managed by an Executive Committee comprised of six elected officials and four co-opted members. The Association is run by a Secretariat comprised of a Program Coordinator, an Administrative Assistant and a Project Accountant.
By virtue of the fact that its membership is comprised of female judicial officers working in all corners of the Republic of Kenya, the Association’s activities are also equally spread out all over the Republic with its trainings deliberately clustered to bring together judicial officers and other stakeholders within the justice system around the fifteen High Court stations all over the country. Our ideas and vision for existence are anchored on the values of gender equity and equality, social justice and fair representation. We envision a judiciary which promotes human rights, gender sensitivity and equal access to justice for the vulnerable.
To be a model of excellence for the promotion of jurisprudence and equality
The Kenya Women Judges Association realizes its vision through:
- Creating an enabling environment for accessing the courts and responsive justice for all
- Skills and knowledge enhancement for judicial officers on human rights and gender
- Promoting equal representation within the judiciary
- Promoting solidarity amongst judicial officers
Our Aims and objectives:
- To promote the advancement of women in general through fair administration of justice.
- To 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.
- To 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.
- To 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.
- To 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.
- To 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.
- To support the International Association of Women Judges in its activities and any other Women Judges Association.
The Association is funded by UNFPA to conduct Court Users Committee meetings. The Court Users Committee consists of various stakeholders involved in the administration of justice. The Court Users Committee is an inter agency coordination mechanism for all stakeholders involved in the administration of justice. In 2009 and 2010, the Association held Court Users Committee meetings and trained Chief on the implementation of the Sexual Offences Act and Children’s Act in Nakuru, Narok, Nyahururu, Naivasha, Maralal and Molo. As from 2011, the Association will be holding Court Users Committee meetings on the implementation of the Sexual Offences Act within UNFPA’s Four (4) Focus areas namely: Nairobi West, Naivasha, Migori and Kilifi.
The Committees provide a platform for various stakeholders such as Magistrates, Advocates, Medical Practitioners, Police Officers, Probation Officers, Children Officers and Gender Officers to discuss the challenges they encounter during their administration of justice.
The main objective of these committees is to make courts accessible to all and to enhance the understanding of various legislations so as to promote equality.
During these meetings, the stakeholders discuss the challenges they encounter during the implementation of the Sexual Offences Act and come up with solutions to overcome these challenges. They also share experiences and best practices.