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Thu Aug 11 02:54:04 EDT 2011

Hey My Friends,

Regards from the freezing Nairobi hoping this mail finds you well. Just
wanted to check on you to find out how you are doing. Please share with us
any updates on your part.


Wanjala Wafula
Programs Director
Coexist Initiative

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> From: WUNRN ListServe <list at>
> Date: 1 August 2011 15:21
> Subject: 10 Recommendations to Make Justice Work for Women
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> July 11, 2011 - A new report by U.N. Women <>
> argues
> that in many countries the “infrastructure of justice—the police, the
> courts, and the judiciary—is failing women” and needs to be reformed to
> provide legal support that serves women’s needs.
> The report titled “Progress of the World’s Women: In Pursuit of
> Justice<>,”
> outlines 10 recommendations that hold immense potential to increase
> women’s
> access to justice and improve gender equality.
> 1.    Support women’s legal organizations: In many countries where
> government-funded legal aid is limited, women’s legal organizations are
> one
> of the only sources women have to get legal advice and use the legal
> system
> to protect themselves and their rights. Women’s legal organizations are
> also
> transforming the legal landscape by pushing reform efforts and championing
> strategic litigation cases.
> 2.    Implement gender-sensitive law reform: Gender-sensitive law reform
> demands that action is taken to repeal laws that explicitly discriminate
> against women, to extend the rule of law to the private domain, and to
> address the actual impact of laws on women’s lives. The report cites the
> Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women
> (CEDAW) as a “gold standard” for gender-sensitive legal reform, but
> highlights that it remains one of the U.N. treaties with the highest
> number
> of reservations. The report calls on U.N. Member States to accept all
> provisions of the convention, especially “Article 16,” which guarantees
> women’s rights within marriage and the family.
> 3.    Bring vital services under “one roof” to avoid cases from being
> dropped: Governments should improve the “justice chain”—also known as the
> series of steps that a women must take to seek justice—or continue to see
> high levels of cases be dropped as they move along the justice system. One
> way to reduce attrition is to create “one-stop shops,” where vital
> services
> are provided. For example, Thuthuzela Care Centres in South Africa aim to
> address the medical and social needs of sexual assault survivors, reduce
> secondary victimization, and improve conviction rates by providing
> emergency
> medical care, counseling, and court preparation.
> 4.    Put women on the front line of law enforcement: Employing more women
> on the front line of justice service delivery is necessary to help
> increase
> women’s access to the justice system. In particular, it is an essential
> investment to employ more women police officers and create well-staffed
> and
> resourced gender desks.  5.    Invest in women’s access to justice: Making
> justice systems work for women requires reversing the trend of low
> targeted
> funding or aid for legal programs focusing on gender equality.
> 6.    Train judges and monitor decisions: Track judicial decision making
> at
> the national level to ensure accountability to women seeking justice and
> to
> enable civil society organizations to monitor the application of laws.
> Offering specialized training to judges can also help build commitment to
> gender equality.
> 7.    Increase women’s access to courts and truth commissions during and
> after conflict: International courts should prioritize gender-based crimes
> in their prosecution strategies. In addition, women should play a central
> role in defining the scope and purpose of all post-conflict justice
> mechanisms, such as truth commissions.
> 8.    Implement gender-responsive reparations programs: Governments and
> the
> international community should establish reparations programs that account
> for all forms of sexual and gender-based  violence. They should also
> include
> reparations at the individual, community, and symbolic level to help
> victims
> recover losses and have their suffering recognized.
> 9.    Use quotas to boost the number of women legislators: The report
> states
> that quotas for boosting the number of women legislators are often
> correlated with the passage of progressive laws on land rights, violence
> against women, health care, and employment.
> 10.    Put gender equality at the heart of Millennium Development Goals:
> Governments should scale up investment and action on the gender equality
> dimensions of the eight MDGs to address widespread inequality and
> accelerate
> progress toward the goals.
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