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Female judges bring valuable strengths to Judiciary – Akufo-Addo

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President Akufo-Addo underscored the vital role played by female judges in combating detrimental cultural practices, particularly those hindering the development of women and girls.

He emphasized that the diverse experiences of female judges uniquely position them to contribute distinct perspectives and strengths to the pursuit of justice and equity.

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Speaking at the inauguration of the 18th International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) Conference in Accra, President Akufo-Addo highlighted the theme “Combating Negative Cultural Practices in Contemporary Times – The Role of Women Judges.”

He emphasized that having women represented at all levels of the judicial system not only enhances respect for the judiciary but also instills confidence in the justice delivery system.

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“Women judges across Africa and the globe bring unique viewpoints and strengths to the judiciary.

Their experiences, often mirroring the societal challenges we seek to overcome, equip them uniquely to advocate for justice and fairness.”

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The President stressed that addressing negative cultural practices requires a collaborative effort beyond the courtroom, involving education, awareness, and governance.

He urged female judges to uphold fairness, equality, and justice in their decisions, emphasizing the profound impact their rulings can have on societal transformation.

President Akufo-Addo envisioned a future where the law serves not only to punish but also to educate and reform, ensuring a society where individuals are judged based on their potential rather than conformity to outdated customs.

He concluded by highlighting the essential role of the IAWJ in empowering women judges worldwide to promote gender equality, end discriminatory laws, and uphold human rights.

“As judges and upholders of the law, you have the power to redefine norms and set precedents that protect the vulnerable and marginalised,” he said.

“In dealing with issues like gender-based violence, child marriage, widowhood rites and female genital mutilation – practices steeped in deep-rooted cultural norms – your voices and rulings can resonate deeply, driving societal transformation.”

“It is imperative to acknowledge that the fight against these practices is not confined to the courtrooms. Education, awareness, and collaborative governance are critical.

“We must engage traditional leaders, educators, and communities to recalibrate mindsets and attitudes. It is in our schools, homes, and community gatherings where the foundational beliefs of our next generation are formed,” he said.

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