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The struggle to end violence against women has been called the most successful campaign of the Latin American women’s movement, but that statement belies the complicated nature of gaining access to justice.
The topic of access to justice is what Nadine Jubb, a researcher at York’s Centre for Research on Latin America & the Caribbean (CERLAC), will discuss in her talk, “Access to Justice for Women Survivors of Violence in Latin America: Concepts, Paths and Outcomes”, Thursday, April 30 from 12:30 to 2pm at 305 York Lanes, Keele campus.
Jubb is the regional coordinator for the research project “Access to Justice for Women Survivors of Violence: A Comparative Study of Women’s Police Stations in Latin America", which examines women’s access to justice in Latin America with a particular focus on the impact of the women’s police stations. The two-year regional study is being carried out in Brazil, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Peru. The first women’s police station was opened in São Paulo, Brazil, in 1985. Now many countries have similar services in the region.
Even though women’s access to justice has been formally recognized at the national, regional and international levels, in practice it is by no means guaranteed, says Jubb.
This presentation will examine the conflicting concepts around access to justice held by women, justice-sector operators – particularly the women’s police stations – and women’s rights defenders; the difficult paths women take to access justice and live without violence; and the outcomes for their lives and communities.
The lecture is presented by CERLAC, the Graduate Program in Women’s Studies, the School of Women’s Studies and the Centre for Feminist Research.
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