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8 March 2023


UN Office On Drugs and Crime marks International Day of Women Judges with panel discussion on equality for justice

Media is invited to join the event, including photo opportunity
on 9 March 2023 from 14:00-15:00 hrs Vienna time

VIENNA, 8 March (UN Information Service) – The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime will mark the second International Day of Women Judges on 9 March with a panel discussion on “Equality for justice.” The event will be opened by UNODC Executive Director Ghada Waly and Alma Zadić, Minister of Justice of Austria.

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 75/274 designated 10 March the International Day of Women Judges. This one-hour hybrid event with experts from different regions will focus on experiences of women judges and prosecutors in countering organized crime and tackling inequality and discrimination and will be centred around gender equality and judicial integrity.

The event will be moderatedby Umej Singh Bhatia, Permanent Representative of Singapore to the United Nations in Vienna.

Speakers include:

  • Imane El Malki, Judge, Court of Cassation, Morocco (in person)
  • Virginia Kendall, Judge of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (virtual)
  • Hajara Haruna Yusuf, Chief State Counsel, Nigeria (virtual)
  • Concetta Locurto, Judge and Legal Adviser, Permanent Mission of Italy to the International Organizations in Vienna (in person)
  • Mai Sami Matar, Judge and Head of the High Civil Court of Bahrain (virtual)
  • Luis Javier Campuzano Piña, Permanent Representative of Mexico to the UN in Vienna, Co-Chair, Group of Friends of Gender (in person)

Time and Venue:

9 March 2023 from 14:00-15:00 (Vienna time), Board room D, Vienna International Centre.


Journalists are invited to attend the event, including for a photo opportunity, in person or follow the event live online on this link:

Journalists who plan to attend in person and are not accredited to the UN in Vienna need to register before 10 a.m. on Thursday 9 March by writing to

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For further information, please contact:

Brian Hansford 
Chief, UNODC Advocacy Section
Mobile: (+43-699) 1458-3225
Email: brian.hansford[at] 
Mobile: (+43-699) 1459-4990



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