President Ghani appoints first female High Court judge

Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani has introduced Anisa Rassouli as the new High Council Member of the Supreme Court, a presidential palace source told TOLOnews on Sunday writes Farid Hussainkhail

Ghani’s move is in keeping with his pre-election promise to appoint at least one female judge to the Supreme Court.

According to the source this move is also part of Ghani’s commitment to engage women in senior government posts.

Rassouli is the first female judge in the history of Afghanistan to be introduced to such a senior judicial position.

Rassouli will be introduced to parliament soon to get a vote of confidence.

In an interview with TOLOnews, Rassouli said she will increase the number of women in the judiciary and will address cases of violence against women properly.

Rassouli who graduated from the Law and Political Science Faculty of Kabul University said: “I will leave no stone unturned to bring transparency and accountability in the Supreme Court.”

She said interference in the High Court’s affairs was one of the main hurdles for the organization. “Meddling in judges’ affairs should not prevent them from their sacred duty, which is ensuring justice,” Rassouli remarked.

Women’s rights watchdogs welcomed the move by Ghani, and said it is a good step towards supporting women’s rights in the country.

Head of Afghanistan’s Women Council Fatana Gilani said the most important thing is that corruption should be rooted out in the Supreme Court and then new staff who are committed should be introduced.

Alima, an civil society activist said now there is a woman in the High Court who will treat cases of violence against women from a female’s point of view.

The process of addressing cases of violence against women has always faced huge criticism. Women’s rights organizations now however, have pinned their hopes on Rassouli to ensure that justice is served for female victims of violence, said the activist.

 See TOLO NEWS story HERE.

Sunday, 14 June 2015 10:18

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Khaama Press June 13, 2015 

President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has for the first time nominated a woman lawyer to become a member of the High Council of the Supreme Court of Afghanistan.
Anisa Rasooly is the first female judge who has been nominated to become a member of the High Council of the Supreme Court.
President Ghani had promised to appoint a female judge in the Supreme Court of Afghanistan during presidential campaign for the second round of election last year.
Ghani said he has spoken with the religious scholars and the appointment of a female judge in Supreme Court does not have any legal or religious issue.
He said the women have been deprived of their rights all these years and insisted to give them their rights.
Ghani said, “Our pledge is that we will have a woman Chief Justice in our government.”
He also added, “Women have a very important role to play in our society & govt. They will have full participation in our govt and protection in society.