4 March, 2018

Women in Justice Initiative Conducts Outreach to Law Students

Last Updated: 4 March 2018


On January 28, 2018, USAID’s Justice for All Program (JFA) organized a University Experience Sharing and Discussion Meeting with the Faculty of Law and Justice, North East University Bangladesh at Sylhet. A total of 118 students and faculty members attended the event. Professor Dr. Atful Hye Shibly, Vice Chancellor, North East University Bangladesh, Ms. Israt Jahan, Judicial Magistrate, Sylhet court, Ms. Shirin Aktar, Advocate, Sylhet Judge court and Divisional Head, Bangladesh National Women Lawyers Association, Sylhet, Advocate Iqbal Ahmed Chowdhury, Chairman, Board of Trustees, North East University Bangladesh led the discussions.


A film documentary on ‘Women in Justice’ was screened, showing the findings of the survey report ‘Finding Our Voices 2017’ to the participants. Ms. Israt Jahan, Judicial Magistrate, Sylhet Judge Court, described the prospects and challenges in the judiciary. She noted that the main challenge for a female judge is to maintain family relations during her professional career. Ms. Shirin Aktar, Advocate and BNWLA Divisional Head, pointed out the practical obstacles, and especially the lack of fixed working time and difficulties for women to work after sunset.


Mr. Emad Ullah Shahidul Islam, Ex-President and Ex-Public Prosecutor, Judge District Court Sylhet, explained the importance of mentorship. He said senior lawyers should be more sensitive to female mentorship. Mr. Abul Hasnat ibn Abedin, Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Law and Justice, North East University Bangladesh, showed his interest in having his students collaborate with USAID’s Justice for All Program. He also expects that JFA will organize a similar program again with North East University.


This experience sharing session and discussion meeting was organized through JFA’s Women in Justice Initiative as one of several outreach initiatives offered to motivate female law students to enter careers in the justice sector and legal profession. 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.