Two key reasons for this report

February 24, 2013 | By More

First, the reality and potential efficacy of dual justice systems is often dismissed in favor of
formal state legal structures even though four out of five cases in developing countries are
resolved by informal courts.

“Women’s own experience, in fact, suggests the issue at stake is not the choice of one form
of justice over another,” Shirin Ebadi Human Rights Lawyer wrote in the introduction to the
report. “What matters is to ensure that women do get justice, no matter where they seek it.
And, even as attempts are made to improve formal legal systems, customary systems cannot be
ignored.”

Second, women often cannot access justice in either system because they lack knowledge of
their rights or are ignorant of the ways in which they can insist on claiming them. Without these
abilities, many women find it particularly difficult to challenge cultural norms that reinforce
gender inequality.

Category: Women Rights

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