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Governance: An Assessment of Women's and Girl's access across Sierra Leone

Key findings: 
No woman or girl interviewed for the assessment knew of or had personal experience of a satisfactory resolution of a land dispute or criminal allegation through the formal or informal justice mechanisms. Women and girls across Sierra Leone face barriers at every level of justice – both formal and traditional. They share common barriers with men and boys such as lack of trained court personnel or physical access to police stations, as well as gender-specific barriers arising either because of the type of issues they face (such as gender-based violence) or because of the gendered impact of these barriers (such as the effect of their daily workloads). Barriers to access to formal justice mean that most women and girls seek justice at the traditional, community levels. This is not to say that women and girls would prefer to have cases resolved by traditional mechanisms, but that their choices are circumscribed by lack of physical access, ineffective or discriminatory justice procedures and poor implementation of national laws.
Assessment Report: 
Assessment Questionnaire: 
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Assessment Data: 
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Assessment Date(s): 
30 Sep 2012
Report completed
Population Type(s): 
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
Government of Sierra Leone
Embassy of United Kingdom
Sierra Leone