About the project

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Improving Access to Justice for Women and Girls in India

The Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice is delivering a 2 year project in three states of India: Delhi, Haryana and Punjab. The project began in July 2016.

The aim of the project is to improve access to justice, rights and protection for women and girl victims of violence. This will be done through knowledge transfer and training police officers and lawyers on how they can more appropriately and effectively deal with these cases and secure justice for victims, thus preventing them from dropping out of the process during the early stages of the criminal justice system.

The training will raise awareness and understanding of the barriers to justice for victims and strategies to tackle associated issues. The focus is exclusively on women and girl victims of violence.

The training has been designed in collaboration with key stakeholders working in the area of violence against women and girls in India. There has been active contributions from police officers, lawyers and NGOs, which has enabled the creation of a dynamic training programme. The training programme is based on a train the trainer model, where those trained will go on to deliver the programme to their peers.

Through training we hope to create empowered and learned police officers and lawyers who have the ability to perform their duties more effectively, without prejudice or discrimination, and with a greater understanding of how they can assist victims.

Our work will target policy and practice and seek long-term change in procedures and training curricula, which in turn will support more effective utilisation of the law. This website is created to support key stakeholders, share resources and experiences as well as disseminate good practice and solutions.

The project is funded by the Magna Carta Fund for Human Rights and Democracy by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (British High Commission, India).

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