Over 60% of women and girls in the Pacific face violence in their lifetimes. ICAAD aims to combat patriarchal norms that have embedded gender discrimination within the very structures of society that should be providing women and girls avenues for justice, redress, and protection. We are promoting legal reform by providing actionable GBV data to local advocates; influencing judges and lawyers attitudes and behaviors through rule of law trainings; and supporting women's rights organizations.
ICAAD's access to justice project aims to strengthen the rule of law by restoring accountability, transparency, and consistency to the judiciary. Our focus is to change the attitudes and behaviors of judges and prosecutors through evidence (data collection and analysis) and train them to recognize how gender stereotypes and cultural norms contribute to low levels of sentencing, thereby denying access to justice for victims/ survivors by perpetuating the cycle of violence.
By increasing transparency, accountability, and consistency of the justice system, women and girls will have better access to justice and protection from violence, and fair sentences for domestic violence and sexual offenses will convey to the perpetrator and the broader community that GBV will not be tolerated. As attitudes shift, these will be reflected in laws, policies, and societal norms that impact 6,500,000 women and girls in the region.
ICAAD Website: Promoting Access to Justice