Improve Maya Women’s Access to Justice in Rural Guatemala

Project: Improve Maya Women’s Access to Justice in Rural Guatemala
Evaluation Date: March 2022
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

A project in rural Guatemala to improve Maya women’s access to justice yielded important lessons learned for all actors in this space, including: a) The importance of working vigilantly with community leaders, or alcaldía indigena, as they often determine whether cases of violence against women should be referred to the authorities, and play a key role in awareness and coordination for case management. These leaders need to be engaged meaningfully and strategically so that they, at a minimum, do not block justice processes. Some of them may even be perpetrators. b) Provision of legal support services will lead growing demand, so future projects need to establish a mechanism to respond while strengthening inter-institutional efforts to continuously provide these services. c) Survivors of gender-based violence need integrated support services throughout the process to seek justice, involving land titles, housing, childcare, income generation, and psychosocial support. Established relationships with organizations that can offer these services will help women access integrated support.

Theme: Women's empowerment, Rule of law
Project: Strengthening Human Rights Protection Through Legal Education in Haiti
Evaluation Date: June 2018
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

UNDEF has a unique approach within UN agencies and its support for civil society remains essential. Despite the small size of the structure and the limited number of staff,  UNDEF provides assistance to organizations to help them through a rigorous process. Even though the success of the project was limited, UNDEF has helped ensure that this necessary and indispensable organization can be maintained.

Theme: Rule of law