LOGO APMCJ def defThe International Federation of Women in Legal Careers congratulates Ms. Clara Sottomayor, member of the Associação Portuguesa de Mulheres Juristas, on the occasion of her appointment for the Constitutional Court of her country. We are confident that Ms. Sottomayor, who was a speaker at the last meeting of FIFCJ in Barcelona, will be a crucial support in the process of strengthening and promoting a legal culture that defends the human rights of women and girls in Portugal. We extend our congratulations to the APMJ. Click here for more information.

Süreyya Turan, new President of THKD

logo_fifcjThe International Federation of Women in Legal Careers proudly welcomes Süreyya Turan, elected President of the Turkish Association of Women in Legal Careers. FIFCJ looks forward working with her and with the THKD’s new Council: Pelin Güven (Vice-President), Yurdanur Koçal, Nuray Barlas, Oya Güneri, Bahar Güldaş, and Zeynep Uçar Yakar. We have no doubt that their work will be key to the advance of women and girls in Turkey and everywhere.

Declaration of Interest IAWJ Conference

logo_fifcjThe Fédération Internationale des Femmes des Carrieres Juridiques has declared of interest the XIII Biennial International Conference of the International Association of Women Judges. Within the theme Women Judges and Rule of Law: Assessing the Past, Anticipating the Future, in this meeting —which will take place from 26 to 29 May 2016 in Washington DC, in the United States— Judge Susana Medina de Rizzo will assume the Presidency of the IAWJ. FIFCJ’s President, Mrs. Maria Elena Elverdin will attend the event. We are sure that this will be an opportunity to strengthen the dialogue between the two organizations.To learn more about the event please visit: www.iawj.org

Zika poses jail risk for women in El Salvador

guardian-logoWomen’s rights activists fear that a suspected rise in miscarriages linked to the Zika epidemic could lead to a surge in criminal prosecutions of women for deliberate abortion or homicide under El Salvador’s draconian abortion law. El Salvador is one of six countries with a total ban on abortion, and the aggressive persecution of women suspected of terminating a pregnancy has led to serious miscarriages of justice.

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