SC lets women judges attend world confab

The Supreme Court has granted permission to the members of the Philippine Women Judges Association to attend the three-day online biennial conference of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) starting May 7.

In a circular, Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez stressed that the attendance of PWJA members during the 15th conference of the IAWJ on May 7 will be on official time “provided that their respective court calendars are properly managed, and the parties are duly notified of any cancelled hearing.”

The IAWJ conference is hosted by the New Zealand Association of Women Judges. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Diversity.”

SC Senior Associate Justice Estela M. Perlas Bernabe is PWJA president.

PWJA secretary, Judge Josefina E. Siscar, was directed to submit to the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA) a report 10 days after the conference with a complete list of all Philippine judges who attended.

IAWJ was founded in 1991 after 50 female judges from around the world were invited to participate in the 10th anniversary meeting of the United States National Association of Women Judges.

Published reports stated that the first IAWJ meeting was held in the United States in October 1992 with 82 judges from 42 countries in attendance.

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