Who We Are

About Us

Who Are We?

The Bangladesh Women Judges Association (BWJA) is an association of women judicial officers in Bangladesh. Formed in 1990, BWJA is a non-profit, non-governmental association, whose members represent all levels of the Bangladesh Judiciary.

Background

BWJA was formed with the active initiative and leadership of senior judges after returning from the U.S. National Association of Women Judges’ international conference held in 1989. BWJA served as one of the founding members of the International Women Judges Association (IWJA) as it existed since the very inception of the IWJA. BWJA started its journey in 1990 with only 40 members, and by 2016 it had reached a total of 356 members.

Vision

BWJA seeks to uphold the judicial role in protecting the rights of women under the Rule of Law and to promote access to justice for protecting human rights to develop human dignity and a civilized relationship among people and nations.

Mission

The mission of BWJA is to promote equal participation of women in the development of law; increase the number of women judges at all levels; improve and advance the role of women in the legal and judicial system; and collaborate with women judges around the world.

Objectives

  • Empower women judges to ensure equal participation in the judicial system
  • Establish an environment free from gender discrimination
  • Upgrade the legal and social status of women of Bangladesh by ensuring proper implementation of the law
  • promote women’s empowerment in Bangladesh by injecting globalize views

Structure

The Executive Committee of BWJA consists  of 35 members who hold the following positions: Adviser, President, Vice President, General Secretary, Joint Secretary, Treasurer, Cultural Secretary, Assistant Cultural Secretary, Press and Office Secretary, Social Welfare Secretary, and Members. The Executive Committee is elected for a one- year mandate at the Annual General Meeting.

What Are Our Achievements?

Notable achievements of BWJA since its inception include:

  • More women are holding positions of leadership in various sectors of the judiciary in Bangladesh
  • An increased number of women are serving as Justices in the Supreme Court of Bangladesh, in both divisions, and holding other important positions there
  • Members are receiving scholarships for higher studies
  • Certain forms of gender discrimination have successfully been eliminated, including pension and retirement benefits and extended maternity leave
  • Participation in Biennial International Conferences of IWJA to represent Bangladesh

Who Can Become a Member?

Any woman professional who has passed the examination under the Bangladesh Judicial Service Commission and joined as a Judicial Officer or who is already in service can become a member of BWJA.

Why Become a Member of BWJA? Join Us!!

BWJA assists members to strengthen their professional capacity and serves as a bridge between young judicial officers and experienced judicial officers. As a member of BWJA, you wil enjoy the following benefits:

Participate in ever-growing networks of judicial colleagues nationally.

BWJA activities seek to address important issues relating to the improvement and advancement of women the judicial system, and to persuade appropriate authorities to reform benefits provided by government that ensure gender equality.BWJA organizes seminars and workshops, individually, and in collaboration with IWJA and other organizations. Our activities include:

Roundtable meetings on Court Administration, Case Management, Judicial Ethics and Integrity, New Legislation, Women in the Justice Sector, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Justice Seeker’s Need, Children’s Act, Domestic Violence Act, Human Rights etc.

  • Discussion meetings on a Women Friendly Justice Sector
  • Advocacy meetings
  • Representation in IWJA Biennial International Conference
  • Commemoration of International Women’s Day on March 8
  • Participation in studies on Women in the Justice Sector
  • Strategic planning
  • Recognition of Pioneer Judges
  • Development and printing of a brochure and booklet
  • Update of the address book of women judges
  • Support for women law students through court visits

What Do We Do?

BWJA activities seek to address important issues relating to the improvement and advancement of women the judicial system, and to persuade appropriate authorities to reform benefits provided by government that ensure gender equality.BWJA organizes seminars and workshops, individually, and in collaboration with IWJA and other organizations. Our activities include:

Roundtable meetings on Court Administration, Case Management, Judicial Ethics and Integrity, New Legislation, Women in the Justice Sector, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Justice Seeker’s Need, Children’s Act, Domestic Violence Act, Human Rights etc.

  • Discussion meetings on a Women Friendly Justice Sector
  • Advocacy meetings
  • Representation in IWJA Biennial International Conference
  • Commemoration of International Women’s Day on March 8
  • Participation in studies on Women in the Justice Sector
  • Strategic planning
  • Recognition of Pioneer Judges
  • Development and printing of a brochure and booklet
  • Update of the address book of women judges
  • Support for women law students through court visits