The International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) has grave fears for the basic human rights of women and girls in Afghanistan as the Taliban advance and take control of large parts of the country. This includes the right of women to live and work in safety and security.
As an organization comprised of over 6500 women judges from more than 100 countries and territories worldwide, we want to draw particular attention to the situation of Afghan women judges, given the special role they have played and are still playing, in upholding the rule of law and human rights for all, and the particular dangers they face as a result. We honour their commitment and their courage.
Since 2003, the IAWJ has been supporting the women judges of Afghanistan in their work. Today, some 270 women serve as judges there. Over 100 of these judges are members of the Afghan Women Judges Association (AWJA) which is affiliated with the IAWJ. Some board members of the IAWJ spoke with a number of Afghan women judges in July at a virtual meeting of the AWJA.