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: Promotion of Women’s Empowerment and Rights in Somalia
Evaluation Date: June 2016
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

As women become empowered or even make attempts to improve their situation, they may face reprisals at home and in the community. Women’s empowerment can shift relationships between the women and men in their family and community, or just be perceived to do so. This potentially puts the women at risk of reprisals including violence. Protection should be both theoretical (a component of the training) and practical (for example details of a helpline or drop-in centre that women might turn to if they feel that they are at risk of violence). Pro-active protection actions, for example those that work with men to change attitudes and behaviours towards women, might also be integrated into a project that primarily focuses on women.

Theme: Women's empowerment