Justice for women and girls is at the core of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development. It provides a foundation for more inclusive development and is essential to ensuring gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls everywhere. Justice for women is not just a powerful enabler of SDG 5 (gender equality and women’s empowerment) and SDG 16 (peaceful, just and strong institutions), it is also critical for the achievement of other development goals.
Since the COVID–19 pandemic has swept across the world, it has created a global emergency of multiple dimensions. The need to mitigate the impacts of the virus has brought unprecedented challenges to women’s lives and livelihoods. COVID-19 has put the spotlight on the justice gaps experienced by women and the need to urgently address them. More particularly, the pandemic has created new obstacles to gender justice or exacerbated existing ones.
As part of the Global Week for Justice, this event seeks to discuss how we can address justice gaps and accelerate joint action and investment on justice for women and girls. The event will focus on the following key questions:
· What lessons or good practices are in place to resolve women’s justice problems, especially those exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic ?
· How can we urge increased national commitment and action on justice for women and girls?
· How can we strengthen international and regional alliances to champion the justice for women agenda?
The event will build on the 2020 report on Justice for Women Amidst COVID-19, jointly produced by IDLO, UN Women, UNDP, UNODC, World Bank, Pathfinders for Peaceful, Justice and Inclusive Societies and supported by The Elders.