Moroccan women have managed to stand out and strengthen their presence in the judicial sector after the independence of the Kingdom, underlined Thursday in Marrakech, the first President of the Court of Cassation and Deputy President of the Superior Council of the Judiciary (CSPJ) , Mohamed Abdennabaoui.

“Moroccan women were able to impose themselves and strengthen their presence in the judicial sector after the independence of the Kingdom, making Morocco, during this period, a pioneering country and a model in the Arab world in terms of gender equality. women,” noted Mr. Abdennabaoui during the 16th Congress of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ), held under the theme “Women Judges: Achievements and Challenges”.

“The holding of this congress under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, President of the Superior Council of the Judiciary and Guarantor of the independence of justice in Morocco, confirms the Kingdom’s unwavering support for women’s issues and its permanent adherence to the achievement of equality between men and women in the justice sector, like all other areas of public life, and its concern to promote its rights”, he insisted.

In this context, he recalled that the emergence of the first female judges in the national judicial sector dates back to the 90s of the last century, with the appointment of female judges to positions of responsibility in the courts, indicating that women do not have since ceased to integrate the various decision-making positions in the various judicial fields, whether as presidents of the Chambers of the Court of Cassation, presidents of the Courts of Appeal, presidents of courts or Public Prosecutors near these jurisdictions.

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“Currently, 20 magistrates hold management positions in the Courts of Appeal, courts of first instance and in the General Prosecutor’s Office, in addition to a female judge presiding over a Chamber within the Court of Cassation, and 5 others women magistrates presiding over departments within the same jurisdiction,” he said.

Similarly, Moroccan women judges have been elected as members of the Constitutional Court, governance councils and major constitutional institutions and in international courts and committees in the areas of justice and human rights.

Mr. Abdennabaoui also indicated that the CSPJ has devoted one of the axes of its strategy to the encouragement of women magistrates to access positions of judicial responsibility and decision-making, and this, within the framework of the implementation of the provisions of the constitution, particularly those relating to gender equality and parity and the fight against gender-based discrimination.

While assuring that the CSPJ attaches great interest to the gender approach, he indicated that the Moroccan constitutional framework is likely to grant women judges all the guarantees to access the various judicial positions.

Placed under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI and organized in partnership with the Ministry of Justice, the Superior Council of the Judiciary, and the Presidency of the Public Ministry, the 16th congress of the International Association of Women Judges (AIFJ ) has the participation of more than 1,200 women judges from all over the world.

This meeting is an opportunity to take part in the various sessions scheduled to discuss 9 themes set for this new edition and to attend the various meetings and regional elections planned within the framework of this conclave.

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During this meeting, women judges debate many issues relating in particular to “the celebration of success”, “the empowerment of women judges”, “the IAWJ”, “towards a more global justice”, “the courts adopting understanding the impact of shock and violence based on social gender”, “human trafficking”, “immigration and judicial diversity” and “new developments in criminal justice”.

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