28 November, 2015

Professional Development for Women Judges

Last Updated: 17 February 2016


On 28 November 2015, USAID’s Justice for All (JFA) Program organized a workshop on Domestic Violence (Prevention & Protection) Act 2010 and Domestic Violence (Prevention & Protection) Rules 2013 at the Judicial Administration Training Institute. The workshop, organized under the Women in Justice Initiative with support from sub-grantee partner the Bangladesh Legal Aid Services Trust (BLAST), was attended by 20 women judicial officers.


Mir Shafikul Alam, Director (Training) JATI welcome participants and noted that only awareness can reduce violence against women. The Honorable Naima Haider, Justice, High Court Division, Supreme Court of Bangladesh, led debates that presented implementation challenges of the law on Domestic Violence (Prevention & Protection) Act 2010 and Domestic Violence (Prevention & Protection) Rules 2013 and a discussion of the way forward. Justice Haider Clarified confusion as to the content of the acts and reminded participants that a lack of clear understanding of the law can lead to victims not being able to receive the appropriate remedy.


In an open discussion participants also shared their experiences and gave their recommendations and suggestions. As a result of the workshop, participating women judges gained a better understanding of these acts and how to implement them in concrete cases before them.


This workshop was organized as one of the professional development initiatives offered to women judges and lawyers through JFA’s Women in Justice Initiative. The Women in Justice Initiative is a series of activities implemented under JFA objective 2 to mobilize women judges and legal professionals, empower female leaders, and encourage young law students to embrace careers in the judiciary and legal professions. Through Dialogue sessions, discussion meetings, and a problem-solving forum, JFA is working with reform constituencies, including both women and men, to advance gender equality and empower legal professionals and law students.