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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

African peasants and revolution

Full citation: Basil Davidson (1974) African peasants and revolution, The Journal of Peasant Studies, 1:3, 269-290.

Collection Type:
Articles
Country:
Multiple Countries
Creator:
Davidson, B.
Year:
1974

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

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

Beyond Ownership: Tracking progress on women’s land rights in Sub-Saharan Africa

Full citation: Slavchevska, V., De la O Campos, A. P., Brunelli, C., & Doss, C. (2017). Beyond Ownership: Tracking progress on women’s land rights in Sub-Saharan Africa. In Paper presented at the World Bank Land and Poverty Conference, Washington DC, March 20-24.

Collection Type:
Articles
Country:
Multiple Countries
Creator:
Slavchevska, V., De la O Campos, A. P., Brunelli, C., & Doss, C.
Year:
2017

Bride Price

Collection Type:
News & Commentary
Country:
Multiple Countries, Uganda
Creator:
Africa Feel Free Network
Year:
2011

The Challenges of Securing Women's Tenure and Leadership for Forest Management: A Summary of the Asian Experience

This resource was released by the Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) at the International Workshop on Gender and Forest Tenure in Asia and Collective Forest Tenure Reform in China shows that despite more understanding, more resources, and policy recommendations, women continue to be largely marginalized and ignored or exploited in community based resource management processes throughout Asia. This research provides the most comprehensive continent wide analysis on the status of forest tenure rights and gender rights. This is a collection of briefs and case studies. We have included the document in it's entirety. To download specific portions of this resource, go to the Rights and Resources Initiative website at the below link.

Collection Type:
Articles
Country:
Multiple Countries
Creator:
Rights and Resources Initiative
Year:
2012

The Civil Law in Spain and Spanish America

Full citation: Walton, Clifford Stevens, 2003. The Civil Law in Spain and Spanish America.

Collection Type:
Citations
Country:
Spain, Multiple Countries
Creator:
Walton, C. S.
Year:
2003