[Featured Resource] Accessing Justice - Models, Strategies, and Best Practices on Women’s Empowerment


(Michael Otto) #1

This is the 2nd week of our 10 Weeks of Action and the focus is Women’s Rights. And so this week’s profiled resource is titled Accessing Justice: Models, Strategies, and Best Practices on Women’s Empowerment and comes to us from the International Development Law Organization. This resource gives a great overview of women’s rights and legal empowerment, with the various strategies and best practices presented in a very useful, digestible way.

More about Accessing Justice: Models, Strategies, and Best Practices on Women’s Empowerment:

IDLO’s study on women’s empowerment explores some of the challenges and solutions for women’s access to justice in diverse legal systems. Focusing on legal empowerment as a way to improve both access to justice and the quality of justice women receive, this study presents strategies and best practices in both formal and informal justice systems. In considering whether legal empowerment approaches can improve the quality of justice women receive, Accessing Justice brings together a number of IDLO-sponsored case studies.

Focusing on engagement strategies in both the formal and informal justice sectors, IDLO’s study analyzes what works, what doesn’t, and why. It deals with unwed motherhood in Morocco, women’s land rights in Mozambique and Tanzania, human trafficking across the India-Bangladesh border and dispute resolution in Afghanistan. The report also addresses the challenges women face in Namibia, Papua New Guinea, and the Solomon Islands.

Most significantly, Accessing Justice demonstrates how legal empowerment strategies involving cooperation from victims, paralegals, community organizations, lawyers, police, and the judiciary can improve access to justice and the quality of justice women receive.

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Do you have any good resources or publications to contribute that focus on women’s rights? Please share them in the comments below or upload them here. And, as always, please let us know your thoughts on this resource or if you have any questions for the authors by commenting below. @olgaperez @Renchartres @MBannon

The Featured Resource is a short profile of a key resource found in the resource library of the Global Legal Empowerment Network. These resources can be older or brand new, but they all touch on important themes within legal empowerment. If you have a resource you would like to profile with the network, upload it directly at this link or email it to community@namati.org

(Violetta Odagiu) #3


thank you for information!


(Michael Otto) #4

You are very welcome, Violetta! Please do let us know if you have any useful resources to contribute as well. (@odagiuvioletta)

(Fatima Ahmad) #5

As a lawyer and a member of International women Lawyers Association Kano, Nigeria. One if our objectives is to provide free legel services to the indigent which we primarily focus on the woman and child. Most cases we attend to are that of personal laws eg marriage , inheritance , divorce , maintainance of the family. In most instances one of the challenges we face is the decline by most of this women to come forward thinking that justice might not be in their favour. On issues of rape as an offence, the families of the victims refuse legal action and atimes it takes a lot to persuade them to come forward. So I believe one of the factors has to do with customs of a particular community or society.

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