Appeal Court President, Dongban-Mensem, Urges Female Judges to Unite

•We are despised specie, she says

By Alex Enumah

Court of Appeal President, Justice Monica Dongban-Mensem, yesterday harped on the need for female judges in the country to unite.

She stressed that unity amongst female judges is crucial if they must succeed and excel in their career, adding that they are “despised specie.”

She gave the charge when a delegate of the National Association of Women Judges in Nigeria (NAWJN) paid a courtesy visit to her office in Abuja.

The delegation was led by secretary of the association, Justice Esther Lolo of the Federal High Court in Kaduna.

Welcoming her guest, the Appeal Court president who lamented that there was disunity among female judges, said there was a need for them to come together in order to be able to help those in need.

Justice Dongban-Mensem, who was a former secretary of the association, reminded the body that they are “despised specie” and the need to be united was imperative.

“I find it a bit strange that a secretary of women judges found it difficult to see one of theirs since assumption of office. You have failed in this aspect.

“We women are our own problem. We have to come together. We are despised specie. Therefore we must come together, help each other”, she stressed.

She advised the association to go back to the drawing board, associate with each other in order to preserve the dreams and objectives of the founding members of the association.

She maintained that the association was formed in 1979 to solve issues and help female judges in problems.

She pleaded with the group not to veer off from that aim so as not to fail female judges before them, saying: “Women can do a lot of things.

“We have intuition, we can develop the world, we need to come together with one single mindedness and embrace each other. Let’s be each other’s keeper,” she said.

Justice Dongban-Mensem added that there was no limit to their achievement if only they will work as a team.

Earlier, leader of the delegation, Justice Lolo, said they came to intimate her with the national conference of the association coming up in Abuja on Thursday.

She said the conference which has the theme: A woman at her work place, will be a hybrid one, with some speakers attending virtually.

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