IAWJ Member, Judge Anisa Rasooli of Kabul, Afghanistan, has been nominated by President Ashraf Ghani to be the first woman to serve on the High Council of the Supreme Court of Afghanistan! Judge Anisa was in the very first group of Afghan women judges to participate in the IAWJ’s Judicial Education Program for Afghan women judges in 2004. She has served as the president of the Afghan Women Judges Association (AWJA ) for some years, helped direct one of the original High School programs that the IAWJ /AWJA conducted in 2005-2007, and has been our strategic partner in helping reorganize and lead the AWJA through the years of suspension and reorganization. She has attended several of the IAWJ international biennial conferences. This is a dream for her and for the women judges in Afghanistan. Judge Anisa’s nomination must be approved by Parliament. In her correspondence with Joan Winship following the announcement of her nomination, she gave sincere credit to the ongoing support and programs of the IAWJ to her personally as well as to the AWJA.

“She is the best candidate I can think of who is highly respected by so very many; her courage and quiet leadership has been important for the women judges of Afghanistan”. – Joan D. Winship, Executive Director of the IAWJ