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Tools for » Enhanced Access to Justice and Protection of Women and Girls from Conflict Related Violence (CRSV) through the Provision of Legal Aid Services in Iraq
Project ID:00101587Description:UNA044 UNDP UNWOMEN IRAQ
UN Action Agst Sexual Violence
Start Date *: 8 Aug 2016
UN Action Against Sexual Viole
End Date*: 31 Mar 2018
Country: United Nations Project Status: Operationally Closed
  Participating Organization:   Multiple

Building on the success of UNDP and UN Women's work to-date this project will specifically focus on larger scale replication of and applied in diverse contexts, legal aid service delivery to respond to and  protect women and girls from CRSV through the provision of local level legal aid and FPU model to improve access to justice services and state legitimacy leading to a supporting environment where survivors and at-risk women and girls of  CRSV will have effective pathways to address their grievances.  We will achieve this through the following measures:

a) Listening to and addressing the right to access to justice concerns related to response and protection from  CRSV as identified by women and girls in vulnerable groups within target locations, and their legal empowerment through generating wider awareness of their right to justice services, and how to enforce it as well as wider public awareness on joint community action to prevent and reduce  CRSV contributing to justice  and safer societies.

b) Enhancing skills and knowledge of both government and civil society actors to constructively engage in strengthening   access to justice for at -risk and women and girl survivors of CRSV in vulnerable groups through a series of capacity building initiatives and on-going mentoring and technical advice to prevent and respond to CRSV and improve conditions for the enjoyment of their rights.

c) Documenting lessons learned and best practice on response to and protection from CRSV through local level legal aid and FPU model and use the evidence- based analysis from our engagement in Iraq to inform relevant national and internal debates and policy processes such as promulgation of the draft Legal Aid Law (KR-I) and the Shelter Policy, framework of Security Council Resolutions 1820, 1888, 1960, 2106 and 2242, which established CRSV, UN Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and the commitments and foundations for the Post- MDG -2015 Framework.


Target locations: The proposed action will include following target locations Baghdad, Basra and Erbil , Duhok and Sulaimaniya in KR-I. For scoping missions the action will include liberated areas in  Slaheldin (Tikrit) and Anbar.

Intended beneficiaries and target groups: Survivors and at-risk Women and girls from CRSV in vulnerable groups within target locations; Family Protection Units (FPU) and Directorate for Combating Violence Against Women (DFCVAW); Ministry of Interior (Centre and KRG), State Ministry of Women Affairs; Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs (KRG); the Judiciary and Judicial Council; Bar  Associations in Baghdad, Basra and KR-I; Union of Jurists in Baghdad and  CSOs active in legal aid service delivery  and action against SGBV.


Project outcome: Enhanced protection from and response to CRSV and access to justice to survivors and at- risk women and girls through the provision of legal aid services and joint government and civil society action to prevent and respond to CRSV contributing to just societies.

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