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Justice for Women Amidst COVID-19

Date of Publication: 
Thursday, May 21, 2020
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Justice for Women Amidst COVID-19 documents major challenges to women’s access to justice in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It presents a global synthesis of the state of justice systems in connection with women’s justice needs, highlights innovative interventions underway in many parts of the world, and urges justice leaders and all stakeholders to take action to increase justice for women and girls during the global health emergency. 

Justice for Women Amidst COVID-19 was developed by UN Women, the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), World Bank, Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies, and endorsed by The Elders.

It builds on the 2019 Justice for Women report, jointly produced by the High-level Group on Justice for Women, which was co-convened by UN Women, IDLO, the World Bank, and Pathfinders.  The report identifies the common justice problems women face, makes the case for investment and recommends strategies to accelerate action around justice for women.


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A new report documents major challenges to women’s access to justice in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and puts forth recommendations to accelerate action and push back against threats to progress.  May 21, 2020 – The COVID-19 pandemic...


#Justiceforwomen and girls is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda, with its commitments to gender equality (SDG 5) and its promise of peaceful, just and inclusive societies (SDG 16). The High-level Group on Justice for Women worked to better understand common justice problems for women, make the case for investment and identify strategies that work. In their report they call to action justice leaders of all countries and sectors, to accelerate implementation of the global goals for gender...