Access to justice for indigenous women in Latin America

February 13, 2011 at 8:19 pm Leave a comment

A recent report explores the challenges that indigenous women in Latin America face on their paths to justice. Special emphasis is placed on the impact of legal pluralism on access to justice of indigenous women in the region. The report is based on three premises:

– exercise of legal rights cannot be disconnected from the various contexts that shape the lives of the women from the indigenous groups;

– access to justice is only a facet of the more general debate on the rights of the indigenous people in Latin America;

-institutional innovations are only a small part of the access to justice approaches for women from the indigenous communities.  Inequality, poverty, racism and discrimination are problems which preempt the access to justice discourse.

Some of the major findings of the research:

– Indigenous women in Latin America have to cope with patriarchal orders and gender inequality norms rooted deeply in both formal and informal legal institutions;

– The structural causes for problems with access to justice are violence, marginalization and poverty. Apparently there are not easy and quick fixes to these problems;

– Collective women’s rights and rights of indigenous people in Latin America are not mutually exclusive categories. Both dimensions should be emphasized in order to promote access to justice for indigenous women.

Download the (in Spanish) report from here

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Entry filed under: Access to Justice, Human Rights, Latin America, Research, Traditional Justice.

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