Guaranteeing Equal Access of Women to Justice (2016)
Council of Europe Gender Equality Strategy
While accessing justice may be difficult for everyone, it is even more so for women, due to gender inequality in society and in the justice system. There are a multitude of obstacles: taboos, prejudices, gender stereotypes, customs, ignorance and sometimes even the laws themselves. Taken together, they are pieces in a ‘justice jigsaw’ that leaves women out. It is urgent that this gender imbalance is addressed, as equal access to justice is fundamental to ensuring the equality of women and men, not only de jure but also de facto.