Gender, Poverty and Access to Justice

Researcher: David Lawson
Project started: 2018

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 marginalised.

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 Africa” and time poverty impact, most recently we consider policy implementation issues within SSA:  “Gender, Poverty and Access to Justice: Policy Implementation in Sub Saharan Africa

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”.

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