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Justice for Women

the High-level Group Report

The adoption of a global commitment to promote peaceful, just and inclusive societies and access to justice for all (SDG 16) and a standalone commitment to gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls (SDG 5) are unprecedented. There is enormous opportunity to make a difference in the lives of women and girls through the global momentum afforded by these pledges.


Justice for women is a critical dimension of social protection, access to public services and sustainable infrastructure for gender equality and the empowerment of women.

Across the globe, women’s demands for accountability for violations and abuses have gained greater attention and consequence than ever before. Stoked by a watershed moment for gender equality, driven by activities, campaigns and movements worldwide, such as #MeToo, NiUnaMenos, SheDecides, women’s marches, local and national-level agitation, many governments and corporations have underlined their commitment to change.


NEW: Justice for Women Amidst COVID-19 [EN]

NEW: Justice for Women Amidst COVID-19 Summary 

High-level Group Report [EN]

High-level Group Report [ES]

Executive Summary [EN]

Executive Summary [ES]

Infographic [EN]

Infographic [ES]

Launch Flyer

Justice for Women Strategy Meeting Report (Dec 2020)


The justice gap for women and girls

What do women and girls need and want when they seek justice?

Making the case
What is the case for action and investment in access to justice for women and girls?

What works
What strategies, tools and approaches will increase access to justice for women and girls?

Call to action
What commitments should national and local actors make to close the justice gap for women and girls?

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Within this context, a High-level Group on Justice for Women is launching the report on Justice for Women as part of a broader ongoing work of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies.

Building on the work of Pathfinders’ Task Force on Justice, the report of the High-level Group addresses the following questions:

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