Sent to the DMR today

Sent to DMR today.

For Grassley, Women Never Good Enough
When men move quickly up the ladder we admire them as high fliers but women always need to be twice as good. At Senate Judiciary hearings recently, Grassley questioned the credentials and experience of four women President Obama nominated to the federal courts. Our judiciary is struggling with its caseload as positions go unfilled waiting for Senate confirmation. Women seem to take longer than men to get through the process, particularly when the President and the majority of the Senate are from different parties. Iowans will remember that our own Bonnie Campbell never received a confirmation vote to serve on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. The only woman to ever serve on that court out of 61 judges, Judge Diana Murphy, was also dismissed by some, including the ABA, as less qualified because she came to legal practice later in life and had fewer years of legal service. She has served with distinction. What is really going on is that Grassley does not like the politics of these women, whom he suspects of being too liberal for his taste. But it more acceptable to question their credentials, and sadly, women’s credentials just never seem to be good enough.

Sally J. Kenney, a native Iowan, is a professor of political science at Tulane University and the Newcomb College Endowed Chair. She is an expert on judicial selection and finishing a book on Gender and Judging.

Wainaina Ndungu

From: wainaina ndungu
Date: June 24, 2011 2:29:09 AM EDT (CA)
Cc: nahla valji , moses chrispus OKELLO ,
Subject: [TJnetwork] Gender Equality and Parity

Dear All,
International Center for Policy and Conflict is enjoined in a Constitutional Petition at the High Court of Kenya challengning the gender equality and parity in the recent appointments of judges to the Supreme Court. We are urgently looking for league authorities and judgements on this matter especially within Commonwealth countries. The outcome of this petition will have significant impact on the future gender equality and parity in Kenya. The matter comes up for hearing on June 27th, 2011.
Kindly send the documents to:

Thank you

Ndung’u Wainaina
Executive Director
International Center for Policy and Conflict
P.O.Box 44564 -00100 Nairobi, KENYA
Tel: +254 722 425 167 +254 20 247 3042

Documentary featuring women judges of South Africa

Courting Justice, the documentary featuring women judges of South Africa:
Now available from Amazon—both the 54 – minute dvd featuring six South African women judges and the 71-minute dvd featuring seven

Now with its own page on Ruth Cowan’s Facebook

Courting Justice speaks compellingly to those interested in women as judges, human rights, the rule of law, South Africa’s post-apartheid transformation and transitions to constitutional democracy in other countries.

This documentary profiles South Africa’s indomitable women judges as they strive to make real their Constitution’s promises of human dignity, equality, human rights and freedom .The featured judges speak from their court rooms, chambers, homes and childhood communities. They speak with candor and humor, conveying the judiciary’s importance in realizing the aspirations behind the decades of the anti-apartheid struggle. They also convey the challenges posed by serving in what was an all-male judiciary and in balancing the demands of court, country and family.

The web site, provides information and commentary about the:

  • Drive to create Courting Justice
  • Film production people and process
  • Highlights of festivals, screenings and testimonials
  • Film’s historical context
  • Qualifications and process for judicial appointments in South Africa
  • Transformation of the judiciary by race and gender
  • Soon to be added will be information and commentary about the

Judicial system during apartheid and under the New Democracy

  • Differences women have made as judges

The Courting Justice page on Ruth Cowan’s Facebook will provide information and commentary about current developments affecting the independent judiciary, constitutionalism, human rights, the transformation of the judiciary by gender, and the state of South Africa’s New Democracy.
Here is link at Amazon for the DVD:

and here is the link at Amazon to instantly download or view (1 week rental):

Message from Joan D. Winship

Dear IAWJ members:

I am happy to send you an announcement that the United Nations is looking for Judges for the UN Dispute Tribunal (UNDT) and UN Appeals Tribunal (UNAT) for one full-time and several part-time positions either in New York, Nairobi or Geneva or other venues. These tribunals deal with employment-related disputes within the United Nations system. Women judges are strongly encouraged to apply – so for those of you who have been looking for a possible United Nations opportunity, this just might be the time and opportunity you have been looking for!

Candidates need to have at least 10 years or more of judicial experience in the field of administrative law or its equivalent and working knowledge of English or French. For more details and applications requirements, please go to the following link: .

Please note that you must submit all the required information directly to the United Nations (and NOT to the IAWJ). However, we would love to know if you decided to apply. It is through similar email notifications like this that other IAWJ members have been appointed to similar positions. So, don’t think about it too long. The deadline is 15 July 2011.

Good luck!

Warm regards to all,


Joan D. Winship
Executive Director

International Association of Women Judges
1850 M Street NW, Suite 350
Washington, DC 20036