Over 4 billion people live outside the protection of the law. Over half of them are women. Women’s access to justice is a critical pillar towards addressing the justice gap around the world towards our collective vision of achieving “Justice For All”. Because gender equality impacts over half of the population, interventions around issues facing women and girls have catalytic effects on sustainable development and peace around the world.
Despite progress on access to justice and legal empowerment over the last 10 years, women are disproportionately impacted by a lack of access to justice. Fortunately, there are positive examples of how organizations and interventions that specifically help and target women are changing trends on gender inequality. Read more.
If gender-based violence is a systemic problem; if governments and legislators are aware of it; and if the justice systems do not provide reparation, what should women do?
As she notes, “This question has inspired the feminist global movement in the last 50 years to launch campaigns, rethink public policies and create networks of solidarity and mutual support among women.”
What do you think? What should women do? What should legal empowerment practicioners do to advance women’s rights around the world?
Today, the government of #Somalia announced its first ever prosecution against female genital mutilation (#fgm), a small step towards promoting women’s rights to #health and access to justice. But, we know that governments can do a lot more, especially to ensure that grassroots justice approaches to women’s rights and access to justice are properly funded and protected.
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