The US Embassy in BiH and the Association of Women Judges of BiH put on a round-table discussion on the topic of “Promoting Gender Equality in the Justice Sector” on March 6, 2013. The topic was presented by BiH Judge Adisa Zahiragić, US Judge Mary Davis, Fulbright scholar Lisa Renae Muftić, and Ruth Rosenberg, an independent consultant on questions related to human trafficking.

US Ambassador Patrick Moon gave a public address in which he emphasized the importance of the rule of law in BiH, which directly affects quality of life, security, and the social welfare of BiH citizens. Ambassador Moon especially highlighted the AWJ’s commitment to improve the performance of the judicial sector and stressed the need for greater involvement of women in decision-making positions in order to improve the rule of law in BiH.

Rount table participants

During the discussion that followed, a number of questions related to gender discrimination, sexual harassment, and gender-based violence were addressed and experiences from the two nations were shared.