* SJC Chairman Expresses pride after UN General Assembly approves Qatar's proposal on International Women Judges Day
HE Chairman of the Supreme Judiciary Council (SJC) and President of the Court of Cassation Dr Hassan bin Lahdan al-Hassan al-Mohannadi stressed Qatar and its judiciary's commitment to enhancing the role of women in the judicial field, due to the important role that it plays in achieving the sustainable development goals.
This came in the Chairman of the Supreme Judiciary Council's speech during his participation at the International Association of Women Judges 15th International Biennial Conference held virtually in New Zealand. The conference launches the International Day of Women Judges, which falls on March 10 of every year.
He praised the role played by Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Permanent Mission to the UN in New York to facilitate the process of recognising an international day for women judges, which was proposed by the State of Qatar. He also praised Qatari diplomacy's ability to complement the Supreme Judiciary Council's work on the international stage, which helped ensure the success of the initiative of recognizing an international day for women's judges. The Supreme Judiciary Council supported the proposal during the 2nd high-level meeting of the UNODC's Global Judicial Integrity Network, which was hosted in Doha from Feb. 25-27 of 2020.
Thanks to the great effort made by the permanent delegation of Qatar to the United Nations in New York, and the support and assistance of more than 70 countries around the world, the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly adopted the draft Qatari resolution unanimously, and on March 10 was recognized as the International Day of Women Judges. The achievement saw the Supreme Judiciary Council honour one of its commitments towards enhancing judicial integrity.
Judges Fatima bint Abdullah al-Mall and Aisha bint Hassan al-Emadi represented Qatar at the 15th International Biennial Conference. Al-Mall said the presence of Qatari women in the judicial field was a reflection of the country's commitment to enhancing the role of women. Al-Emadi, for her part, said that women judges in Qatar represented 13% of the total number of Qatari judges, while leading and mid-level cadres in the Supreme Judicial Council were 30% women, compared to the 42% seen in all administrative judicial jobs.
The choice of March 10 was to commemorate the appointment of Dr Hessa bint Ahmed Abdullah al-Sulaiti in 2010 as the first woman judge in Qatar.