Why a Caribbean Association of Women Judges?
Judges of the Supreme Courts throughout the Caribbean, in particular those from Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, Guyana and the Eastern Caribbean States, are proud to have come together to create a Caribbean Association of Women Judges ("CAWJ") to promote a greater understanding and better resolution of legal issues facing women and girls. The CAWJ will also focus on general issues affecting women and women judges in the Caribbean region. The CAWJ is particularly pleased that it will fall under the umbrella of the well-recognized and respected International Association of Women Judges ("IAWJ"). See also CBIAWJ
The CAWJ is a registered non-profit organization.
Who are the CAWJ Executive Members?
The Executive Committee of the CAWJ comprises a formidable team of judicial officers from around the region:
- The Honourable Mme Justice Joan Charles (Trinidad and Tobago) - President
- The Honourable Madame Justice Maureen Rajnauth-Lee (JCCJ) - Vice President
- The Honourable Mme Justice Yonette Cummings-Edwards (Guyana) - Vice President
- The Honourable Mme Justice Jacqueline Cornelius (Barbados) - Vice President
- Her Honour Paula Blake-Powell (Jamaica) - Vice President
- The Honourable Mme Justice Nadia Kangaloo (Trinidad and Tobago) - Treasurer
- The Honourable Mme Justice Carla Brown-Antoine (Trinidad and Tobago) - Secretary
- Her Worship Lisa Ramsumair-Hinds (Trinidad and Tobago) - Assistant Secretary
What does the CAWJ want to achieve?
The objectives of the CAWJ include the following:
- To ensure that the justice systems in the Caribbean promote and protect the rights and interests of all persons, women and girls in particular and reflect equality before the law for these persons and the general population;
- To implement and encourage strategies to achieve gender equity in the Caribbean justice systems;
- To encourage co-operation and collaboration among judicial officers in each territory and throughout the region to address these objectives;
- From its unique perspective to contribute to the understanding and resolution of legal issues facing all persons, women and girls in particular.
To this end, the CAWJ will soon be launching a Project geared towards exposing single mothers and parents of blended families to strategies aimed at protecting themselves and the children of the family from violent behaviours and empowering these persons to realize their latent potentials.