To my surprise after university, I managed to get a job in the Supreme Court. I worked in a family court in my hometown and my boss was also a woman, she was very supportive and put me forward for training to become a judge. I still had to deal with negativity from my colleagues who used to say good women didn’t go to court, but this negativity encouraged me to stand for something. I worked very hard, but the more cases I read the more I realised judgments were made in favour of men. I was promoted to Head of the Family Department, but my boss had passed away and I was very young, with no other women around. I found it scary. I faced a lot of challenges and people always doubted me.
I had to judge the case of a young married woman who was accused of adultery. I remember questioning her and in response she shouted at me and said because of my background I couldn’t understand her situation. I remember vividly how her entire body seemed to be crying. She said she had no life; her husband didn’t respect her and only called her once a week when he needed sex.