A one day consultative workshop “Women’s access to justice” was organised on 13th July , 2012
Access to justice is to be understood as more than just financial ability and the ability to access the justice system. Cappalletti and Garth also write that “effective access to justice can be seen as the most basic requirement – the most basic ‘human right’ – of a modern egalitarian system which purports to guarantee, and not merely proclaim, the legal rights of all.” It is thus implicit that access to justice consists of two components one that the legal-judicial system should be equally accessible to all irrespective gender, caste etc and that these systems are seen as socially just. Attitude towards women in terms of violence, neglect, exploitation are important aspects of human development. One way of bringing about an improvement in the status of women is to bring about legal remedies both in terms of the laws and the access to justice. One of the most important international human rights law document for the recognition of women’s rights is the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
The aim of the workshop was to examine all these aspects and suggest ways forward.