Women in Justice Initiative Conducts Outreach to Law Students

Last Updated: 1 November 2016


Date: 1 January 1970 - 1 January 1970



On October 25, 2016 USAID’s Justice for All Program (JFA) and Shanto-Mariam University of Creative Technology jointly organized a University experience sharing & discussion meeting’ at Uttara in Dhaka. 57 female law students attended this discussion meeting. The event is inaugurated by Dr. Quazi Md. Mafizur Rahman, Vice Chancellor of Shanto-Mariam University of Creative Technology. Advocate of Bangladesh Supreme Court, Rehana Sultana attended as a key discussant and Professor Md. Abu Hanif, head of department of law and Md. Nurul Haque, Advisor of the law department who is a former District & Sessions Judge, took part in the event as panel discussants. A video documentary on Women in Justice was shown and information from the 2016 Findings Our Voices survey of women in the legal profession was presented at the event.


Dr. Quazi Md. Mafizur Rahman stated that “Everyone has the talent, but it has to be nurtured with proper care and sincerity to achieve a career in the legal profession.” Advocate Rehana Sultana expressed that we have to overcome challenges to achieve success in the fast changing world, especially in the legal profession. She also noted that family members must come forward first to build confidence in and encourage law students.” Former Judge Md. Nurul Haque shared his judgeship experience and described that there are many prominent lawyers and judges in our country who might become a role model for the students. He suggested it is nothing but firm determination and diligence which can guide you to your desired goal.    


Participant Jannatul Ferdous expressed that women face violence, sexual harassment and gender based discrimination in workplaces. But, she said, “we don’t want to be confined inside four walls at home. Now we get confidence with this meeting to face every obstacle for promoting ourselves in the legal profession.” 


This experience sharing session and discussion meeting was organized as one of several outreach initiatives offered to motivate female law students to become judges and lawyers through JFA’s Women in Justice Initiative. Through dialogue sessions, discussion meetings, and a problem-solving forum, JFA is working with local stakeholders, including both women and men, to advance gender equity and empower legal professionals and law students throughout Bangladesh.