[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.

You can access this resource in our library at the following link:

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)

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(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.


(Michael Otto) #6

Thank you for your input, @FatimaAhmad. Sadly, in many countries across the globe, the shame and guilt provoked by such severe criminal acts are confronted and compounded by cultural factors that push victims not to report these crimes, especially if the formal justice system and/or a victim’s family are not only unsupportive, but arguing not to report or prosecute such cases. Unfortunately, this is common from Kano to Cambodia to Brooklyn, New York.

I would be curious what others might think about this entrenched issue? Or what strategies have proved successful to others? @fatimaadamu also works on these issues specifically in Kano State, and there are numerous members doing amazing work in situations involving gender based violence that may have some constructive ideas to add here. Thoughts? @deniseddora, @odagiuvioletta, @KateFlatley, @Farzanakhan, @Wigayi, @mitali, @zannatborna

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(Ali Hassan) #7

Thanks for resource. More effort is needed in women’s access to justice though there are alot of strategies globally

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(Fatima Adamu) #8

@michaelotto @FatimaAhmad It is truly a sad situation considering the times we are in. The culture of silence on the part of women who are victims of various forms of crime is disheartening and depressing. There are several factors that militate against women reporting or pursuing prosecution of such crimes . We come from a community that perceives itself as religious and conservative and therefore, some things are meant to kept under wraps and keys to “protect the women/ girls’” according to their understanding and that is why a victim is shamed while the perpetrator roams freely and claims victimization. The situation is gradually changing and we’ve recorded mile stones worthy of note. Over the past 6-7 years, we have seen deliberate efforts by civil society members and the government to create a more friendly environment for victim focused response. This can be seen in the establishment of SARC centres across the country even though they are mainly supported with donor funds, the start up of community movements, community based paralegals working with community members and educating them to remain resolute in their positions. We have seen new acts and state laws making sentences more stringent, we have a lot of community awareness sessions happening in villages, cities and slums and your association and FIDA have been partners on this for almost forever. All these milestones were as a result of several coalition and collaboration efforts and individuals organizational strategies. Victims whose parents were likely to drop off are supported through economic empowerment interventions so as to increase the house hold income and mitigate effect of lack of transport for court visits. Our leanings over the years have been that on issues of gender based violence, only the victim can take the decision to say no and leave and therefore, the community legal educations focuses on showing them how the law can be for them and not against them. We are making progress, it is slow but we would surely get there.



Merci beaucoup pour cette ressource qui constitue un grand atout pour nous au Mali :slight_smile:

Egalement, notre objectif est de permettre aux femmes et aux enfants d’être autonome sur le plan juridique, économique, social et politique à travers des assistance, appui et orientation.

Ces ressources sont elles disponibles en version français ?

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thank you for all this information; I’m working now for women artisan’s economic right. I just arrive on this platform.

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(Fatima Adamu) #11

Someone please help translate into English so we can learn off his inputs.


(Tobias Eigen) #12

Hi Fatima! Great to see you here as always. Trust all is well on your end and the elections have not been causing too many problems in Nigeria.

Use the translate button to translate posts from french using automatic translation. Look for it on the posts menu it has a :globe_with_meridians: icon.

It is a great way to let people who speak different languages to talk to one another!


(Fatima Adamu) #13

Thank you @tobiaseigen for your prompt support. I will sure do that


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