The Arab Women’s Legal Network (AWLN) held its Third Annual General Meetingin Amman, Jordan from June 13 -15, 2007. Officially launched in July 2005, the Network receives technical assistance and capacity-building support from the ABA’s Rule of Law Initiative. This month’s event provided specialized training programs and professional development activities to over100 female legal professionals from across the region.
As in past years, the Annual General Meeting consisted of training inpractical legal skills, presentations on substantive areas of the law, andopportunities to expand professional networks. The AWLN hosted severalregional and international experts from such countries as Egypt, Algeria, Lebanon, Nigeria, the Netherlands, and the U.S. who presented on a multitude oftopics, including information technology, women’s civil and political rights,combating violence against women, drafting contracts, and managing lawfirms. Women, representing nearly every country in the Arab world,participated in these workshops and in discussions about promoting women in thelegal profession. The Network anticipates that events such as these willhave an immediate impact on the legal profession in the region and will serveto create a strong and viable generation of informed female lawyers.