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: Narrowing the Gender Gap in Flood Affected Areas of Pakistan
Evaluation Date: July 2014
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The project developed and used a Gender and Governance Performance Scorecard to monitor governance and service delivery. It also used mobile phones to communicate instances of corruption and violence against women. Community members marked the scorecards and sent text messages to the authorities drawing attention to corrupt practices as well as violence against women. The grantee aggregated the data and the findings were discussed with local officials in quarterly Gender Reform Committee district meetings. However, resolving these issues required more than sharing the information with officials, and without follow up most of the problems remained unresolved.

Theme: Women's empowerment
Project: Strengthening Arts as an Action to Stand up for Women´s Rights in Nicaragua
Evaluation Date: January 2016
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

Many of the situations that arose during the dialogue with communities and theatre audiences surpassed the capacity for support and advice that could be offered by the theatre groups, female counsellors and/or advocacy groups involved int he project. Being able to call on the support of specialized professionals – lawyers, therapists, social workers – working in the field of domestic violence and sexual abuse of children is one aspect that needs to be strengthened.

Theme: Women's empowerment
Project: Strengthening Arts as an Action to Stand up for Women´s Rights in Nicaragua
Evaluation Date: January 2016
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

Art and theatre can be innovative tools for mobilizing popular opinion and can contribute to a change in attitudes. Using art and theatre has also strengthened the capacity and visibility of the grantee in particular its ability to organize. Theatre productions and performances empowered the participants – not just in terms of artistic skills – but also enhanced their knowledge of their rights and confidence to claim them. The theatre groups used this opportunity to strengthen their relationship with civil society actors and local government entities.

Theme: Women's empowerment
Project: Together against violence and discrimination of women
Evaluation Date: March 2016
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

There was particular concern about the role of the local vigilance groups in Djibouti. While there was obvious enthusiasm and energy to improve understanding in the communities, especially from the female members of the groups, the male leaders’ responses to instances of violence perpetuated the community-negotiated outcomes that avoided reporting violence to the authorities and resulted in silencing women.

Theme: Women's empowerment
Project: Together against violence and discrimination of women
Evaluation Date: March 2016
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The project design was faulty and unlikely to have a positive impact on the problem of sexual and gender based violence. There were in fact indications that the project had a negative effect. Women involved in activities, because of the ingrained patriarchal culture, were pressured to stay silent. In addition the repetition of messages underlining the dependent status of women, and the perpetuation of traditional responses to incidences of violence that deny the legal rights of the woman, for example – were likely to be negative.

Theme: Women's empowerment
Project: Strengthening Young Women’s Civic Participation and Leadership in Uganda
Evaluation Date: May 2017
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

Male perceptions regarding the risks encountered by politically empowered women within their communities need to change. Active involvement of men and boys in the needs assessment would have helped in identifying from the very beginning, specific risks related to sexual and gender based violence that challenged the project, and would have helped gain active support of young men in preventing SGBV and discrimination against young female leaders in Uganda.

Theme: Women's empowerment