New women's rights online resource guide - request for resources and input on structure

Hello Women’s Rights Advocates!

We are currently working to create an online resource guide, like our Developing a Community Paralegal Program Guide, that can be used to assist paralegals and legal practitioners who are working on women’s rights issues. We would appreciate suggestions for any women’s rights resources that you have found to be useful in your work, including:

  • Manuals/Guides/Toolkits

  • Case Studies

  • Reports/Research

  • Training Manuals

  • Sample case forms, interview forms, or tip sheets

Please feel free to either reply below with your suggested resources OR send them by private message to Maya/Michael OR add them directly using the upload form.

We are also seeking input on the table of contents for this women’s rights online resource guide from network members. You can find the draft table of contents in the below photo. We have highlighted specific sections that we had difficulty locating resources for and would appreciate any resources that fall under those issues.

We would also encourage any suggestions about topics that are missing or other ways to organize the resource guide overall (for example, below is an alternate table of contents for a women’s rights resource guide that is not organized by thematic issues - Let us know which outline you think would be the most helpful for those working on women’s rights issues). @michaelotto

Thank you in advance! @WomensRights

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Hello Maya,

I was wondering if you can upload a larger image size version of the first table of contents – it’s really small and blurry so it’s very hard to read to comment on.

I think a lot of this looks great! I have several thoughts / notes:

  • When speaking about gender-based violence, you could acknowledge a range of types of violence. It is not just domestic violence, but we’re also talking about rape, sexual assault/violence/revenge porn, stalking, child marriage, and certain harmful traditional practices like FGM/FGC, among other things. In addition, sexual harassment.
  • Another group that is often ignored includes children of victims of domestic violence and the impact they experience. As well, for children, are issues of trafficking and child marriage as I noted above.
  • I think another thing you need to consider is… it’s not just women who experience gender-based violence and the field is generally moving away from language that focuses only on women, so you might want to think about how to incorporate LGBT relationships or other folks who might not identify as a “woman.” The field is really reconsidering how to speak about this issue so I would explore that a bit. And it can be very isolating for LGBT individuals when they are not recognized as traditional “victims.”
  • In terms of resources, we often use the “power and control wheel” to show and understand a typical cycle of domestic violence. I am sure this would be relevant in other contexts too and it’s very helpful to understand this is a pattern. You could add resources showing how it’s really a pattern of control and power and you could note different types of abuse, not just physical. We also use Jackie Campbell’s Danger Assessment to identify some of the risk factors. There are also lots of resources on safety planning which I would include here: http://www.ncdsv.org/images/DV_Safety_Plan.pdf. Some tips might be applicable across jurisdictions, but you’ll have to see which!
  • I would suggest emphasizing a holistic approach to working with survivors of gender based violence in particular. It’s often important to work with the survivor to empower her / him financially, help him/her find shelter or housing, working with the criminal justice system or immigration issues etc
  • For your resource guide, I would suggest very clearly delineating which cases can be mediated and which cannot. I think your resource guide, though needs to be organized by thematic area because what you have noted is basically all about domestic or gender based violence. It cannot really be applied to other types of cases like land rights.
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It would also be very interesting to include sexual violence in situation of armed conflicts. here is the Resolution 1888 of de Security Council of 30 september 2009. http://www.securitycouncilreport.org/atf/cf/{65BFCF9B-6D27-4E9C-8CD3-CF6E4FF96FF9}/WPS%20SRES%201888.pdf

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Hi Akhila,

Thank you for the feedback and suggestions! Sorry about the screenshots, I tried to fit the whole table of contents into one… I have included new screenshots below of the table of contents which are hopefully easier to read and all of the resources listed are located in our resource library if more context is needed.

Women's Rights Thematic ToC 2

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Great-- thank you!!

Looking at your categories, other areas of women’s rights you could address:

  • Employment law - employment discrimination (e.g. pregnancy discrimination, discrimination on basis of gender in the job search/promotion/hiring decisions) - A big area of work!
  • Gender equality and non-discrimination more broadly or in other areas (e.g. housing, government benefits, access to education, access to public spaces, access to licenses, etc)
  • Under family could also add, divorce, separation, and child support
  • Noted above but sexual harassment including in public places, public transport, on the street, in workplace, etc

And an additional resource: https://asiafoundation.org/resources/pdfs/LegalEmpowerment.pdf

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I am proposing that the training manual also includes training on general communication skills, especially when communicating with victims of GBV; in particular interview skills, because victims of GBV do suffer from alot of trauma, and it is important to consider this when interviewing them; trainees need to know the questions to ask and to avoid. Other topics i recommend to be included in the training manual are principles of human rights, and its interconnection with gender, and women rights.

Regards

Stella

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Great to read all of the feedback above! I was on leave but glad to jump back into this process…

Thank you @akhila_kolisetty and @ismailasall for the resources (the ADB guide is great!) - encouraging other members to provide more still to this list. I would note that if there are areas where there are not good resources available to include, please let us know and we can explore developing strategic resources that can be useful.

@akhila_kolisetty - your input is immensely helpful, and there is a lot to include. I particularly appreciate your thoughts around different types of violence, inclusive framing of the issue linguistically, other areas of women’s rights to include like employment, and especially the thought about clear delineation of cases that can be mediated - all too often, local authorities mediate cases that are clearly inappropriate to do so. If you or anyone else had resources around this delineation or about the holistic approach to working with survivors that includes economic and psychological support, these would be very useful, as would any resources in general on these topics.

@stellaobita - we are on the look out for resources around communication skills in these cases. While processes of intake of GBV cases is thoughtfully laid out in resources like Step by step Guide for community-based paralegals in handling domestic violence cases and detailed case intake forms exist, like this one on Reporting Sexual or Gender-Based Violence – Tips for Paralegals, neither addresses the more subtle art of communication skills that are all too important in these cases and we would like to search out more in this area.

Does anyone else have input on the suggested table of contents or have resources to add? The more feedback the better. :sunny: @WomensRights

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I have recently conducted the FGD session over GBV-Gender based Violence to the Afghan Refugees’ Community. The main objective was to make them sensitize and aware regarding GBV issues (Domestic Violence, Psychological Violence early age marriages, exchange marriages, Swara, Wanni, Walwar, women trafficking etc.) and also briefed them on their legal rights. Major finding was that, individuals among the community are reluctant to report their GBV issues due to further consequences as if any of individuals suppose to report will definitely suffer from other issues by the family or community. This fear never let individuals to report their problem while they are being through GBV issues. When I delivered session to the ARs community, a woman among community stood up and asked me to place a separate sitting with her as she wanted to discuss her issue. I arranged separate sitting for her and empathetically did listen to her story. After listening to her story I have concluded that, it was Psychological Violence form of GBV. Now main issue is this she is having apprehension of consequences that, if she suppose to report this issue it will make her life more miserable than before. Main problem is that community will never allow us next time if we take any step on her behalf. Until individuals/community reports the matter no further steps can be taken to resolve or fix the issue as their acquiscence is mandatory. I found it very challanging in community as GBV issues are very sensitive in nature. We are always working on to fight for rights but not for their acknowledgement. When rights would be acknowledged then ultimately it will help to mitigate the root causes of GBV to some extent. It will gradually leads towards eradication of GBV. My recommendation regarding resources guide is to find out the various resources for acknowledgement of women rights, only then we can bring effective change in their lives.

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