Chief Justice Martha Koome has reiterated the Judiciary’s commitment to equality in the workplace with emphasis on women empowerment.
Speaking Thursday afternoon when she hosted the National Association of Women Judges Uganda (NAWJU) at the Supreme Court, Koome said “I resonate with NAWJU’s broad objective of benefiting all people in the world by improving the status of women through the fair administration of justice. Women, as a vulnerable group in society, face various challenges key among them being gender inequality.”
Present during the meeting were members of the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) Kenya Chapter as they endeavour to empower women on the bench to overcome gender bias in the laws and their application.
“IAWJ recognizes the fundamental importance of gender equality, the significance of ensuring access to equal justice for everyone, and the necessity of using Human Rights Laws as a vehicle to integrate women in society,” She said.
Koome said Judiciary will remain dedicated to working across all genders to understand the intersectionality of its workforce and eliminate stereotypes, discrimination and bias.
At the same time, CJ Koome will tomorrow, Friday May 20th lead the Judiciary fraternity in observing the inaugural Judiciary National Day of Prayer and Fasting.
Justice Koome will also be marking one year since assuming the office of Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court.
The main event will be held at CJ’s Gardens, Supreme Court building and will be replicated in every court station across the country.
One of the day’s highlights will be a re-affirmation of the judicial oath of office as a symbol of integrity and reverence to the Constitution. The re-affirmation exercise will not involve re-taking the oath, rather, it will be a collective agreement by Judges and Judicial Officers in each court station that the they will abide by the oath of office and maintain the highest levels of integrity in discharging their Constitutional mandate.
All courts have been asked to ensure that the observance of the special day does not interfere with the cause list or necessitate that any matter be taken out of the cause list.