Addressing Impunity Against Women and Girls

Thursday 6 July 2017 at 3:00 — 6:00 PM in Conference Room 12, UN Headquarters.

On behalf of the Permanent Missions of Sierra Leone and Norway you are hereby invited to a: 

Donor Roundtable Meeting on the Women’s Access to Justice Flagship Initiative:

“Addressing Impunity Against Women and Girls Through Effective Women’s Access to Justice in Diverse Country Contexts

Venue: Conference Room 12, UN Secretariat
Time: 6 July 3:00p.m.—6:00p.m.

See the attached for agenda, background note and further information.

By bringing together different stakeholders - Member States, national partners, UN agencies and international organizations - UN Women, UNODC, and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) are seeking to highlight gaps in the delivery of justice to women and girls across conflict, post conflict, development and humanitarian settings, and set the stage for the creation of a High-Level Forum on Women’s Access to Justice.


  • Ambassador May-Elin Stener, Deputy Permanent Representative, Permanent Mission of Norway to the United Nations
  • Honourable Joseph Fitzgerald Kamara, Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Sierra Leone


  • Maria-Noel Vaeza-Ogilvie, Director, Programme Division, UN Women


  • Honourable Bart Magunda Katureebe, Chief Justice, Uganda
  • Honourable Justice Malla, Chief Justice, Nepal
  • Dr. Sima Samar, Chairperson, Independent Human Rights Commission of Afghanistan

UN Women, UNODC and IDLO will be presenting their Joint Programme which aims to scale-up existing women’s access to justice interventions in 16 countries: Afghanistan, Colombia, Guatemala, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Myanmar, Nepal, Rwanda, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria (through Lebanon and Jordan) and Tanzania over a period of three years (2018-2021).

The Programme will achieve:

  1. Reform of all discriminatory laws and the design of additional laws to address gaps in women’s legal protections; 
  2. Increased demand for justice among marginalised and excluded women (e.g. women with disabilities, rural, indigenous, minority and refugee women) through awareness raising, an increase in women’s participation in justice delivery and legal services; and 
  3. Enhanced engagement with community based organizations, and traditional and religious leaders to reform gender discriminatory social norms.

Please RSVP to Elisabeth Doyle by 30 June 2017 and refer any questions or querries as needed.

Conference Room 12
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