Unlocking justice for women

Author: Gemma Varriale | Published: 29 Sep 2013
  •           A popular session yesterday revealed ways to improve access to justice for women in Africa;
  •           Recommended strategies included one-stop centres, strengthening the informal justice sector, and providing information in guides and manuals;
  •           Lack of education was identified as the most significant barrier preventing women from accessing justice. Gender stereotyping and financial obstacles also represent major hurdles.

One of yesterday’s most popular sessions revealed expert insight on how access to justice can be improved for women in Africa.

The issue remains a significant human rights challenge, and is one of the key determinants of poverty among women.

"Women’s capacity to access justice is hindered by structural inequalities and pressure coming from traditional stereotypes," said Hauwa Evelyn Shekarau, national president of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Nigeria.

Topping Shekarau’s list of recommendations was...