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Accessing Justice: Models, Strategies and Best Practices on Women's Empowerment

Full citation: IDLO, "Accessing Justice: Models, Strategies and Best Practices on Women's Empowerment," IDLO REPORT (2013). - This paper highlights some of the challenges and solutions for women’s access to justice in diverse legal systems. It shows that women face structural and cultural barriers to accessing justice – insufficient knowledge of rights and remedies, illiteracy or poor literacy, and lack of resources or time to participate in justice processes. This is all the more so as women usually have intensive family responsibilities. Even where women can access the formal justice sector, the outcomes of the process often fall far short of those envisaged by international standards, particularly with regard to property rights, inheritance, divorce and child custody, and spousal abuse. Focusing on legal empowerment as a way to improve both access to justice and the quality of justice women receive, the study presents strategies and best practices in both formal and informal justice systems. Legal empowerment approaches share one core concept: using the law to enable disadvantaged groups to access justice and realize basic rights. They include legal education; legal aid services; support for non-discriminatory dispute resolution fora to complement or supplement informal systems; training of paralegals; and rights awareness. In considering whether such approaches can improve the quality of justice women receive, Accessing Justice brings together a number of IDLO-sponsored case studies in Afghanistan, India, Namibia, Rwanda, Mozambique, Tanzania, Morocco, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands. These highlight a variety of lessons for development practitioners, both in terms of engagement with the informal legal sector and, more generally, for the use of legal empowerment and top-down / bottom-up strategies. In an appropriate context, carefully designed legal empowerment strategies may constitute a valuable contribution to improving women’s access to justice.
[Threats to Women’s Land Tenure Security and Effectiveness of Interventions - Annotated Bibliography]

Collection Type:
Research Articles
Country:
Multiple Countries, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, Afghanistan, Namibia, Mozambique, Tanzania, Rwanda, India
Creator:
IDLO
Year:
2013

Andhra Pradesh Scheduled Areas Land Transfer Regulation

A Regulation to regulate the transfers of land in the Scheduled Areas of the East Godavari, West Godavari, Visakhapatnam Srikakulam [Adilabad,Warangal, Khammam and Mahaboobnagar] districts of Andhra Pradesh.

Collection Type:
Legal Materials
Country:
India
Creator:
Andhra Pradesh State Government
Year:
1959

Andhra Pradesh Tenancy Laws (Amendment) Act, 2002

This act amends the Andhra Pradesh (Telangana Area) Tenancy and Agricultural Lands Act, 1950 and the Andhra Pradesh (Andhra Area) Tenancy Act, 1956

Collection Type:
Legal Materials
Country:
India
Creator:
Andhra Pradesh State Government
Year:
2002

An Evaluation of the Land Laws in Tanzania

Full Citation: Josefsson, E. and Aberg, P., "An Evaluation of the Land Laws in Tanzania," MASTER'S THESIS (Lulea University of Technology 2005).

Collection Type:
Articles
Country:
Tanzania
Creator:
Josefsson, E. and Aberg, P.
Year:
2005

Angola Land Act

This is the 2004 Land Act.

Collection Type:
Legal Materials
Country:
Angola
Creator:
Government of Angola
Year:
2004

Are Land Deals Driving Water Grabs?

Collection Type:
Articles
Country:
Multiple Countries, Mali, Guinea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania
Creator:
Cotula, L., and Skinner, J.
Year:
2011

Arguing Traditions: Denying Kenya’s Women Access to Land Rights

Full citation: Harrington, A. and Chopra, T., "Arguing Traditions: Denying Kenya’s Women Access to Land Rights ," 2 JUSTICE FOR THE POOR RESEARCH REPORT (The World Bank, June 2010).

Collection Type:
Articles
Country:
Kenya
Creator:
Chopra, T. and Harrington, A.
Year:
2010

Assessing Farmland Protection Policy in China

Full Citation: Lichtenberg, E. and Ding, C., "Assessing farmland protection policy in China," 25(1) LAND USE POLICY 59 (2008).

Collection Type:
Citations
Country:
China
Creator:
Lichtenberg, E. and Ding, C.
Year:
2007

Assets, Wealth and Spousal Violence: Insights from Ecuador and Ghana

Full citation: Oduro, A., Deere, C. D., and Catanzarite, Z., "Assets, Wealth and Spousal Violence: Insights from Ecuador and Ghana," 12 GENDER ASSET GAP PROJECT WORKING PAPER (August 2012).

Collection Type:
Articles
Country:
Multiple Countries, Ecuador, Ghana
Creator:
Oduro, A., Deere, C. D., and Catanzarite, Z.
Year:
2012

Bahamas Real Property Act

Collection Type:
Legal Materials
Country:
Bahamas
Creator:
Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Year:
1845