Over a decade has passed since the end of conflict in Liberia, but incidence of sexual and gender-based violence has not diminished. Numerous studies reveal an extremely high prevalence of sexual and gender-based violence. According to an IDLO study, in 2015 1396 cases were reported to the Montserrado five one-stop clinics alone. Among those cases, 267 were reported to the Women’s and Children’s Protection Section within the Liberia National Police, 119 received an indictment, while only 3 cases went through to trial.
Women in the Southern and Eastern Mediterranean region - comprising Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia - are significantly affected by considerable inequalities. Discriminatory legal frameworks and neutral laws enforced with underlying biases and stereotypes continue to hold women in the region back from fully participating in society. Crucially, this is also the case in political and other leadership and decision-making positions. Enhancing the contributions of women judges is particularly important as gender justice remains elusive in many aspects.
“Ideals are there to inspire and to be upheld. Fortunately, the ideal of a peaceful world continues to motivate many people. However, we need concrete goals in order to realize this ideal and to transform it from a utopia into a vision on clear progress in the near future,” opened Dr. Bernard R.
“The rule of law is fundamentally about equality. We are all equal in the eyes of the law and entitled to equal protection,” remarked Director-General Irene Khan at the Opening Ceremony of the GQUAL Conference on 3 October. “The meaningful participation of women in international bodies is a right well-recognized in international documents, but a long way from realization.”
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In Tajik language and culture, the word ‘mediation’ has historically been associated with peace-building efforts; mediation was used to resolve community conflict situations after the civil war in the 1990s. It has not been known as an alternative form of dispute resolution outside the court system.
Forty legal professionals striving to become judges in courts of the Kyrgyz Republic have successfully graduated from pre-service preparatory training, paving the way for them to put forward their candidacies. The specialized training program is provided by the USAID-IDLO Kyrgyzstan Judicial Str
Two students from South Sudan’s University of Juba’s College of Law (COL) have successfully competed in the African Human Rights Moot Competition, held from 18 – 23 September in Mauritius. Their participation was facilitated by IDLO as part of its work to foster legal education in South Sudan.
As part of its efforts to build the capacity of Afghanistan’s justice sector through the Justice Training Transition Program (JTTP), IDLO has organized an exposure visit for Afghan justice professionals to Italian institutions.
High-Level Dialogue on legal and expert assistance to make foreign investment work better for the sustainable development of the LDCs.