Indigenous Women's Access to Justice in Latin America

Sunday, December 5, 2010
Author: 
Rachel Sieder and Maria Teresa Sierra
Countries: 
Americas
Central America
South America
El Salvador
Guatemala
Nicaragua
Peru
Colombia
PeaceWomen Consolidated Themes: 
Protection
Human Rights
Reconstruction and Peacebuilding

This paper gives an overview of the challenges which indigenous women in Latin America face in accessing both formal state justice and indigenous legal systems, including a focus on normative frameworks, legal awareness, access to appropriate justice forums and the achievement of satisfactory remedies. In addition, it highlights promising examples of how different actors within civil society and governments are taking steps to improve indigenous women's access to justice in different contexts. Recognizing that each of these are likely to be very context specific, it draws out the key lessons and challenges from these approaches, making recommendations on how this work can best be supported.

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