Judges inspire change

2015-08-12 06:00
JUDGE MPHO MAMOSEBO, provincial secretary of the South African Chapter of the International Asso­ciation of Women Judges (SAC-IAWJ).

JUDGE MPHO MAMOSEBO, provincial secretary of the South African Chapter of the International Asso­ciation of Women Judges (SAC-IAWJ).

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IN celebrating its ten-year anniversary, the South African Chapter of the International Association of Women Judges (SAC-IAWJ) held a gala evening at the Kimberley Club on Thursday (06/08).

Formed in August 2004 as a non-profit organisation, the northern chapter hosted the gala dinner.

The SAC-IAWJ brings together women and other judicial officers in South Africa who embrace the objectives of the chapter regardless of their gender, race or rank in the judiciary, and also promotes solidarity among judicial officers.

According to Judge Mpho Mamosebo, provincial secretary, the chapter’s primary objective is the empowerment of female judicial officers through continued judicial education, skills development and mentoring programmes.

It further aims to promote the participation of its members in national and international conferences and training programmes in order to support judicial exchanges through seminars. Judge Mamosebo also highlighted the need to increase judicial officers’ understanding of the broad range of social, economic, psychological and cultural factors that affect and influence women when they appear in courts.

“A further objective of the chapter is to support programmes and activities that discourage violence and abuse in society, with particular focus on violence against women, children and other vulnerable groups,” Judge Mamosebo stated.

The event saw Dr Larissa Panieri-Peter, a forensic psychiatrist and renowned speaker, making a presentation on abusive relationships.

She elaborated on how abuse can be committed by both men and women, resulting in the children being the ones who end up being hurt

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