The rule of law has the potential to bring about gender equality and women’s empowerment, but many women and girls continue to be denied equality. Unfortunately, laws can be used to restrict women's rights, justice institutions are often inaccessible and unresponsive, and women themselves are largely excluded from knowledge, processes and power structures that can bring about change. Furthermore, there continues to be impunity for gender-based violence.
IDLO is working around the world to dismantle discriminatory laws and institutions and bring about strong, fair and gender-responsive legal frameworks, as well to empower women and girls to claim their rights.
Adolescent girls and young women account for 71 per cent of new HIV infections among young people in sub-Saharan Africa. They are more vulnerable to HIV because they are often subjected to a range of gender and age based biases, discrimination and violence, including sexual assault, forced marriage and trafficking. Despite growing HIV-related responses, they and their communities most often do not have the capacity, voice and power to hold these service providers accountable for improved delivery of quality HIV-related services.
With the commitment to implementing the United Nations' 2030 Agenda, IDLO's gender-focused activities worked to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals 3, 5 ,10 and 16. [ Find out more ]