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Anisa Rasouli nominated as first female judge of Afghanistan Supreme Court

Jul 2, 2015 13:13 IST

Anisa Rasouli, the head of the Afghan Women Judges Association and a former juvenile court judge, was on 30 June 2015 nominated as the first ever female Supreme Court judge of Afghanistan.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani nominated her name as the female judge of the nine-member bench Supreme Court and now, Rasouli’s nomination will require an approval from the Parliament.

Under the Afghan Constitution, Supreme Court judges have a fixed tenure of ten-years.

The move of Ghani, former academic and World Bank economist, who has appointed female in different capacities in recent past including Rasouli’s nomination as judge in the country’s Supreme Court may shed Afghanistan’s image as a country that denies rights to women.

Earlier in April 2015, lawmakers approved Ghani's nominees for a number of cabinet positions, including four women. He had also appointed two female governors for the provinces of Ghor and Daikundi.

Afghan women’s were banned from leaving their houses without a male chaperone and were denied basic right like education, under the fundamentalist Taliban regime between 1996 and 2001.

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