The Preparatory Round for Judges on Combatting Violence against Women

Jan 12, 2016

From Left to Right: UNDP Country Director Ignacio Artaza, NCW President H.E. Ambassador Mervat Tellawy and Assistant Minister of Justice Counselor Amr Hafez

The first of a series of workshops to prepare judges for combatting Violence Against Women (VAW) commenced on Tuesday, 12th January 2016, in Cairo.  This activity is within the scope of the ‘Strategic Interventions to Combat Violence against Women (VAW)’ project of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the National Council for Women (NCW) to effectively lead national efforts to address and combat the phenomenon of VAW.

Under the auspices of the NCW, the National Center for Judicial Studies and UNDP, the workshop was held with the participation of 37 judges ―13 women and 24 men―from several governorates, and aims to enhance justice systems to better combat VAW through supporting judiciary members.

This workshop comes in light of the recent ministerial decree issued by the Minister of Justice, Counselor Ahmed El Zend, for the allocation of specific number of constituencies on VAW cases. It is the first of a series of several workshop to be held on this topic, and acts as a comprehensive nationwide training programme targeting judges of both genders, with the aim of further enhancing their capacity in dealing with cases of all forms of VAW.

The workshop included several sessions on Egypt’s National Strategy on Combatting VAW; the state's role in combating VAW; criminal laws and VAW; the role of public prosecutors and Court of Misdemeanors in combatting VAW; VAW in employment and Labor Law; combatting VAW in Islamic Law; the role of the Ministry of Interior’s Unit designated to combat VAW; VAW in the familial context and the role of Family Court; the role of forensic medicine in dealing with VAW crimes; and a presentation on a draft law that aims to protect women from VAW. The sessions are mostly conducted by legal counselors and university professors.

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