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1 THE INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS AND CONVENTION ASSOCIATIONS (ICCA AFRICA) THE LEGAL IMPLICATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS’ CONFERENCES BY JUSTICE EUSEBIA MUNUO (Rtd).

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3 The Legal Implications of Professional Associations Conferences The International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA Africa) through its distinguished member, the Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC), kindly extended an invitation to the Tanzania Women Judges Association (TAWJA) to attend this august assembly of-  Convention Centers  Hotels  Convention Bureaus  Congress organizing specialists  Airlines  Tour Operators  And other stakeholders

4 The Legal Implications of Professional Associations’ Conferences Fortunately TAWJA nominated me to participate in this conference which is why I am in Maputo today. On behalf of TAWJA and on my own behalf, I wish to express profound appreciation to the organizers of the conference for inviting TAWJA and myself to this distinguished meeting of conference conveners and experts. TAWJA is familiar with conventions, conferences, workshops, seminars and meetings because it has various training programs within and outside Tanzania.

5 The Lgal Implications of Professional Associations Conferences By status TAWJA and the IAWJ are charitable, non- profit making NGOs. Under the USA law the IAWJ does not pay taxes. TAWJA does not pay income tax but it is not exempt from paying VAT on supplies and services. TAWJA makes contracts with other stakeholders like the AICC although the former is not a corporate body with powers to sue or be sued. TAWJA and the IAWJ discharge their obligations with professional distinction and lead by example.

6 The Legal Implications of Professional Associations’ Conferences By training, professional integrity and competence, judges negotiate and make contracts carefully to pre empt disputes and litigation. The IAWJ was founded in 1991 and has to date not been entangled in legal wrangles with clients or associates or other stakeholders. TAWJA was formed 2000 and has been running different training programs and has not had cause to be involved in litigation.

7 The Legal Implications of Professional Associations’ Conferences A Short Profile of TAWJA  TAWJA is a national chapter of the International Association of Women, a worldwide non- governmental organization with over 5000 members from more than 100 nations.  TAWJA commenced as an NGO in November,  Founder members were about 15 in number in year 2000 but have since grown to 200 plus.  TAWJA members comprise of all levels of the magistracy, Judges of the High Court of Tanzania

8 The Legal Implications of Professional Associations Conferences And 4 Justices of the Court of Appeal of Tanzania which is currently the highest court of the land. TAWJA’s logo is a globe shaped world with a cross looking downwards reflecting the serious underdevelopment and marginalization of women, children and other vulnerable groups. TAWJA has a Vision and Mission:

9 The Legal Implications of Professional Associations Conferences Vision: Combat Gender Based Violence (GBV) and discrimination against women and other vulnerable and disadvantaged persons. Mission: Promote equal justice and equal equality before the law as guaranteed by the constitution as well as regional and international law norms.

10 The Legal Implications of Professional Associations Conferences Constitution: TAWJA’s Constitution provides for the promotion and advancement of human rights especially women and child rights. Training, exchange of study tours, research to enhance judicial and legal knowledge, best practices of adjudication and decision making skills, professional integrity and competence all of which enable judicial officers to competently administer justice. Promotion and protection of equal justice

11 The Legal Implications of Professional Associations Conferences Conducting national, regional & international conferences, workshops and seminars for judges, magistrates, law enforcers and other stakeholders for capacity building TAWJA PROGRAMS: TAWJA has successfully conducted 3 major Programs namely- JEP, JOG and current program coined SEXTORTION by the IAWJ

12 The Legal Implications of Professional Associations Conference , Jurisprudence of Equality Program (JEP) -The JEP was sponsored by UNIFEM (now UNWOMEN) to disseminate knowledge and skills to judges and magistrates on the application of domestic, regional and international human rights laws to resolve disputes which come before the courts of law.

13 The Legal Implications of Professional Associations Conference : Jurisprudence on the Ground (JOG) this was an extension of JEP but funded by the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNIDEF). JOG was implemented by the IAWJ and jointly executed by TAWJA and the Society of Women Against AIDS in Africa-(SWAA-Tanzania), a Community Based Organization (CBO) Focused human rights for widows, widowers, orphans and other vulnerable persons.

14 The Legal Implications of Professional Associations Conferences JOG created and raised awareness on the laws against GBV, discrimination, sexual offences, inheritance, property, rights and child law under the Millennium Development Goal 3 (MDG3) Program, TAWJA and the IAWJ initiated The Sextortion Program which was funded by the Royal Dutch Government to combat sexual exploitation by abuse of power in Tanzania, Bosnia Herzegovina and the Philippines. The program was coined sextortion by the IAWJ in the hope that naming sexual exploitation by abuse of power sextortion would facilitate stopping it at work places.

15 The Legal Implications of Professional Assocations Conferences Under the MDG3 Program, TAWJA conducted seminars, workshops, published brochures and a Toolkit on sextortion to sensitize officials, teachers and the public against the embarrassing human right violation of sexual abuse by unethical public officers, religious leaders, traditional healers, doctors, teachers, lecturers, supervisors and others. When the MDG3 Program expired, UN Women Tanzania extended the sextortion program to combat sexual abuse by officials on their subordinates.

16 The Legal Implications of Professional Associations Conferences CONFERENCES In August 2009 TAWJA convened the IAWJ Africa Region Conference at the AICC, Arusha which brought together Women judges and other legal luminaries from West, South and East Africa to deliberate on equal justice, gender based violence, discrimination and access to justice. Over 300 delegates participated in the Regional Conference.

17 The Legal Implications of Professional Associations Conferences The 2014 IAWJ Biennial Conference In May, 2014, Tanzania, through TAWJA, hosted the 12th IAWJ Biennial Conference at the AICC, Arusha. The IAWJ Biennial Conference rotates from continent to continent. In 2010 it was held in Seoul, South Korea; in 2012 it was convened at the Westminster in London and in 2014 at the AICC, Arusha. In 2016 the biennial conference will be held in Washington DC. Over 500 delegates from about 40 countries worldwide attended the 12th Biennial Conference from 5-9 May this year.

18 The Legal Implications of Professional Associations Conferences Delegates comprised of women judges and legal luminaries from Asia, Africa, North America, South America and Europe. Some of the Delegates and their families toured the Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti,Tarangire, Manyara, Zanzibar and some villages on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro before and after the conference.

19 The Legal Implications of Professional Associations Conferences His Excellency Dr. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, the President of the United Republic of graced the Official opening at midday on the 5 th May, His Excellency, Dr. Ally Shein, the President of the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar, commissioned Ambassador Seif Ally Idd to officiate the Closing of the Conference on the 8 th May 2014.

20 The Legal Implications of Professional Associations Conferences CONCLUSION AND WAY FORWARD: As hosts of the IAWJ Biennial Conference, TAWJA had to work with many important agencies ranging from airlines, immigration, law enforcers, the AICC Managing Director and his staff, tour operators, hotels, airports, doctors, the Media, the Judiciary, ICT experts, simultaneous interpreters in English, French and Spanish and other stakeholders all of whom were vital joints to the conference.

21 The Legal Implications of Professional Associations Conferences The AICC efficiently and with determined commitment, set and managed the conference.  s from the delegates are still flowing in to express their satisfaction at the high standard and hospitality of the AICC and hotels they stayed in. Convention, congress and conference centers should advertise online so that interested persons can bring more conferences to Africa where tourist attractions are abundant and highly competitive.

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