[VIDEO] Gendering Access to Justice—The Asia Foundation

Event: 2021 ADB Asia and the Pacific Virtual Gender Forum l The Power to Transform: Gender Equality in Asia and the Pacific

[VIDEO] Gendering Access to Justice—The Asia Foundation

25 November 2021
Author / Speaker: 
Nicola Nixon, The Asia Foundation - Other materials by the author
Sophia Cason, USAID Laos Legal Aid Support Program - Other materials by the author
Evangeline de Silva , Gender and Justice Program in Sri Lanka - Other materials by the author

Formal justice systems are predicated on a wealth of assumptions about equality, voice and empowerment that rarely play out in the concrete interface between those systems and the hurdles women face in accessing them across Asia’s many patriarchal contexts. Over several decades, driven by an understanding of both formal and informal legal systems, The Asia Foundation has progressed contextually-specific reforms in legal empowerment, community policing, alternative dispute resolution, legal education, and reform to formal institutions such as law reform commissions, legislative bodies and human rights institutions. Driven by a desire to address inequitable power relations, in addition to mainstreaming gender across our law and justice work, many of our long-standing programs are also gender focused.

Join us in this session to explore our efforts to address SGBV in Sri Lanka; to support women to access legal aid in Laos; and to integrate GBV and mental health issues into entrepreneurship support programming in Mongolia.

Overview: Nicola Nixon, Senior Director, Governance

Moderator: Sofia Shakil, Director for Economic Programs


  • Sophia Cason, Chief of Party for the USAID Laos Legal Aid Support Program
  • Mark Koenig, Mongolia Country Representative
  • Evangeline de Silva, Program Manager, Gender and Justice Program in Sri Lanka


Link: https://asiafoundation.org/

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