Arab Women’s legal network was established in 2005 as a regional non-governmental and non-profit organization, the Arab Women’s Legal Network extends across the whole Arab World, with the headquarters located in Amman, Jordan.
Arab Women’s Legal Network is a regional non-governmental and non-profit organization, promotes and supports Arab women working in the legal professions, through facilitating meetings of Arab women legal practitioners. It provides a platform for legal practitioners to exchange expertise and experiences, as well as to discuss common challenges and issues. The Network also provides specialized training sessions and professional development programs, which aim to raise both public and professional legal awareness, and enhance the professional capacities of Arab legal women to enable them to participate efficiently and effectively, building and strengthening their societies.
Arab Women’s Legal Network supports the Justice sector generally, and empowers Arab women through partnerships with Governmental and official bodies, including the Ministry of Justice, The Judicial Council, and the Judicial Institute. ALWN forms these partnerships for the purpose of conducting research and studies, legislative reviews, and for developing legal publications and training materials, in addition to holding workshops, debate sessions, and promoting much-needed awareness of current issues. The Network also provides support and empowers the legal sector in any way possible, particularly through training workshops, discussion sessions, and awareness campaigns.
Arab Women’s Legal Network implements all these activities in conjunction with empowering Arab women in the legal profession through deepening their legal knowledge and legal awareness. We achieve this through advocating the rule of law and human rights, particularly with regards to women’s rights and gender equality. This requires regional frameworks to be strengthened, to ensure fair and just practices. ALWN uses results-based approaches in order to create a network of support among women in the legal sector, through training workshops, Training-of-Trainers (ToT) workshops and through development of educational materials.
Arab Women’s Legal Network is able to improve and enhance the legal awareness and professional abilities of women in the legal sector by providing specialized training and professional development programs, AWLN is able to improve and enhance the legal awareness and professional abilities of women in the legal sector in a manner that enables them to effectively partake in their societies.
Arab Women’s Legal Network also forms groups to advocate for women’s issues with a unified and comprehensive vision, to improve awareness of women’s rights, based on the societal circumstances, the community and cultural environment.
Arab Women’s Legal Network was born in February 2004, at a conference held in Jordan for women working in the legal profession. At the meeting, women representing 16 Arab countries discussed the challenges facing women in the legal field, and the legal rights of women in general.
From that conference, a steering committee was established, composed of 15 members concerned with strategic planning processes, to develop AWLN’s goals and structure. AWLN was formally registered on July 10, 2005, as a regional non-profit civil society organization, with its headquarters in Jordan.
The launch of the Arab Women’s Legal Network was officially announced on July 16, 2005 under the patronage of Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah, where more than ninety women, representing sixteen Arab countries (Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen) gathered in Amman, Jordan for the annual meeting and first training program of the network.
The program, held under the title “Female Legal Pioneers” included eleven seminars and workshops on a number of legal topics and skills. The meeting provided the opportunity for participants to interact with their peers in the region.
ALWN’s mission is to strengthen and enhance the status of Arab women working in legal professions, to provide them with professional and legal support, and to develop their capabilities and offer protection against discrimination, through advocacy, to change discriminatory laws, develop protection laws, protect and improve women’s rights, and enhance the level of legal awareness in Arab countries. ALWN also facilitates meetings of Arab women working in the legal profession, through providing a forum in which women can exchange expertise, and discuss challenges and common issues. Additionally, ALWN provides specialized training and professional development programs, to enhance general legal awareness in the Arab countries.
Our vision is to Empower Women, to Empower Humanity.
- Reform laws and legislation to guarantee equal opportunities for both men and women which comply with international standards.
- Promoting the status of legal women and emphasizing their key role in Arab society.
- Support female legal professionals to access decision-making positions in both legal and professional institutions.
- Raise community awareness regarding women’s rights as well as extend and expand legal knowledge and culture among the different community categories.
- Defend human rights, fundamental freedoms, and offer legal guarantees to protect and implement them.
- Develop cooperative practices among women working in legal professions.
- Encourage and support legal research and writing in Arab society.
- Contribute to the national and regional law reform and improvement process.
- Enhance the status of women in the various legal professions through exchanging experiences, networking, lobbying and advocacy campaigns.