It was indeed a colossus gathering of prominent Law Lords in the judicial circle, as their Lordships, Hon. Justice Faustina Kola-Olalere, Hon. Justice Osat Obaseki-Osaghae, Hon. Justice Anthony Ubaka, Hon. Justice Oyebiola Oyewumi, Hon. Justice Sinmisola Adeniyi, Hon. Justice Opeloye Ogunbowale, Hon. Justice (Prof.) Elizabeth Oji and Hon. Justice Zainab Bashir were among the jurists that attended this year’s edition of the biennial conference of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) Nigeria held at the National Judicial Institute, Abuja – Nigeria.
NAWJ’s mission is to promote the judicial role of protecting the rights of individuals under the rule of law through strong, committed, diverse judicial leadership; fairness and equality in the courts; and equal access to justice.
In her remark, the President of the Association, Hon. Justice Jummai Hannatu Sankey described as impressive, the statistical breakdown of women Judges in the country, urging women not to rest on their oars but strive to excel in their various jurisdictions.
On the much craved gender inclusion, Justice Sankey noted that the number of female judges, heads of courts, and judicial officials both at the States and Federal levels have been commendable, urged for the appointments of more women judges to leadership positions in the judiciary to enhance gender inclusivity.
Giving a keynote address, the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola noted that beyond building the judges' capacity, the meeting would also be an avenue to cross-fertilise ideas on eradicating violence against women and girl-child in the country.
Other renowned jurists present are Hon. Justices of the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal, Federal High Court and many heavyweight Law Lords across the federation.