23 September 2016
The National Judicial Academy (NJA) with support from UN Women has published a research report on women’s access to justice through the Nepali judicial system” (Nepali version) under the leadership of the Supreme Court of Nepal.
The report was officially launched by Rt. Honorable Chief Justice Sushila Karki in Kathmandu on 14 September 2016. UN Women Deputy Representation Gitanjali Singh delivered her remarks on behalf of UN Women.
The report is based on a study abut women’s access to justice conducted with an objective to gain a more enhanced understanding of what enables women’s access to justice and what hinders it, and to obtain a better sense of the current level of women’s confidence in Nepal’s judicial system.
The study was carried out in 15 districts of Nepal, covering all the 5 physiographic regions and 14 zones, and considering also the ethnic feature of the district, prevalence of violence against women and the case load in court.
A total of 1497 women (non-court users) from the districts were reached through questionnaire survey; 282 women (court users) and 148 concerned stakeholders were interviewed through key-informant interview; 30 focus group discussions were held with concerned stakeholders; and court observation was done in the 15 district courts.
The report highlights that the main hindrances to women’s access to justice are financial constraint, fear of re-victimization from the perpetrators, family’s prestige, lengthy and complex court procedures, lack of knowledge about available legal remedies, lack of trust in the justice system, geographical distance from service providers, and language barrier.