Our work with women and children
Women and children face particular challenges in relation to security and justice. They are disproportionately affected in conflict and post-conflict situations, where they face high risks of sexual violence and other forms of abuse. In many countries security and justice providers, for example armed forces and the police fail in their duty to protect victims of gender based violence and at times are perpetrators of such violence. In conflict, post-conflict and fragile states, the provision of security and justice is often very weak, leaving women and victims of gender based violence even more vulnerable.
Civil justice issues - in particular land and other property rights, inheritance and family law - can also have a major impact on women's lives. We have undertaken pioneering work on legal barriers to women's economic empowerment, with in-depth work in East and West Africa and the Pacific.Examples of our work include:
- Conducting a study for the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)'s gender team, to better understand how legislation and the way it is applied affects womens access to credit and their economic empowerment in Morocco and the Kyrgyz Republic (EBRD, 2013)
- Providing governance advice to DFID Ethiopias End Child Marriage Programme, including the development of a full budgeted capacity building plan to improve partner organisations and ministries capacity to implement the programme, with a particular focus on a co-ordinated approach between womens affairs, education, health and justice. Work included review of governance at federal and regional state level, for Government of Ethiopia agencies tasked with protecting girls from forced early marriage; and design of project interventions to strengthen these agencies (DFID, 2012).
- Conducting a comprehensive assessment of the needs and wants of women, the poor and vulnerable in relation to accessing police and justice services in Yemen, and the capability of the police and justice services to respond in their services provisions (DFID, 2011).