The Nordic Africa Institute


Gender, Poverty and Access to Justice

Started • 01 January 2018
Ended • 01 September 2020

The 'right to access justice' is transversal and dependent on other rights – especially socio-economic rights. Furthering our understanding of the intersection between poverty, empowerment and justice, highlights the need for greater integration of justice policies, into broader pro-poor programming for the very poorest and marginalisedexternal link, opens in new window.

The ongoing project adopts varying approaches to identify gendered vulnerability, empowerment and poverty – analysing the impact at the household and aggregate economy level. Following on from a series of prior works considering the economic growth: “Gender and Growth in Sub Saharan Africaexternal link, opens in new window” and time poverty impactexternal link, opens in new window, most recently we consider policy implementation issues within SSA: “Gender, Poverty and Access to Justice: Policy Implementation in Sub Saharan Africaexternal link, opens in new window

While most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa provide that everyone has the right to access justice, in practice women and girls are often denied for a number of reasons, including, both procedural, as well as substantive grounds. The focus of gendered consequences and experiences of the right to access justice in the region is a focus of a forthcoming international conference “Engendering Access to Justice for Development”.