Pursuant to funding from USAID, Legis is working with the American Refugee Committee and the Institute for Law and Development Studies to introduce alternative dispute resolution (ADR) mechanisms as a means of addressing gender-based violence in three rural villages in Baluchistan, Pakistan.
Gender-based violence (GBV) has proven globally persistent, despite the existence of protective laws in most countries. GBV victims are frequently socially or economically reliant on their abusers and thus in a poor position to avail themselves of legal protections. Further, police investigators, prosecutors, and members of the judiciary frequently fail to believe claims of GBV, consider such GBV normal and acceptable, or engage in victim-blaming. GBV survivors frequently discover that seeking redress through the courts entails sizable social and economic costs, but accomplishes little more than increasing their vulnerability to future violence.
During this project Legis will seek to increase community awareness of GBV, and to develop community-based mechanisms for addressing GBV in a manner that will reduce the future vulnerability of GBV survivors and will address the ideologies that condone and accept GBV.
Legis will help villagers to adapt community-based alternative dispute resolution systems so that they can be used effectively in GBV cases, and will identify strategies for monitoring, and holding parties accountable for complying with, ADR-derived solutions.