The Asia Foundation Hosts Roundtable on “Ensuring Justice Delivery for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence and Trafficking”

New Delhi, February 12, 2019 — On January 23, 2019, The Asia Foundation office hosted a roundtable on “Ensuring Justice Delivery for Survivors of Gender-Based Violence and Trafficking” at the International Habitat Centre in New Delhi. The Asia Foundation’s India office convened members of Indian civil society, law practitioners, trafficking and gender experts, as well as representatives from the United Nation’s Office on Drugs and Crime and the United States Embassy in New Delhi. Participants shared their thoughts and experiences on improving justice delivery for survivors of gender-based violence and human trafficking and identified ways to gain a better understanding of how these groups access basic services and justice. The discussion was moderated by Nandita Baruah, The Asia Foundation’s country representative in India.

The following key issues were discussed:

  • The urgent need to demystify and improve the implementation of existing laws, and closely examine how well service providers are being able to address the needs of both trafficking and gender-based violence survivors.
  • New areas in which to focus attention including; cyber space, an emerging site of vulnerability for marginalized groups; developing new redressal mechanisms for changing forms of abuse against women; access to services and specialized counseling for LGBTQI communities; and a law or system for addressing the needs of refugees.
  • Pushing for participatory justice, where the survivor has a voice and decision-making authority, as a part of creating an ecosystem that is focused on survivors’ immediate and future needs.
  • Identifying programs where the state and civil society organizations have collaborated successfully to help build more successful programs that include government service providers.

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