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.