Inside Justice: Enabling Justice for Victim Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Sharing of The Asia Foundation’s Experiences

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

This report is for individuals and organizations working on women’s rights and eradicating violence against women and girls from various sectors including the development sector and justice sector. While acknowledging that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to designing and implementing projects on responding to domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence, the report shares the Foundation’s experiences, learning, challenges, and failures in the hope that it can benefit other individuals and organizations in similar work. This report is also available in Sinhala and Tamil languages. Sinhala Tamil

Why Accessing Justice is Challenging for Victims of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

This report is for anyone interested in understanding the process and challenges faced by a victim-survivor of domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence within the formal legal redress mechanism. This research was conducted by the Inside Justice Project’s main implementing partner Women in Need (WIN). It compiles victim survivors’ experiences and contains observations made by legal professionals attached to WIN pertaining to the level of gender sensitivity among formal justice sector actors including the judiciary, prosecutors, and lawyers. Data for the research was collected from selected courts in Colombo, Matara, Galle, Jaffna, and Mullaitivu. The report includes WIN’s observation on positive practices by the formal justice sector when hearing domestic violence and sexual violence cases, gaps in the justice process and provides recommendations for the formal justice sector, government, and non-governmental organizations to advocate for sensitive responses to such cases.

Handbook on Victim Assistance

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

This handbook is for those who directly interact with and provide services to victim-survivors of domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence, including first responders and those providing counseling and legal aid services. The handbook was compiled for Women in Need (WIN) with The Asia Foundation’s technical support. It was developed through a consultative process with service providers from WIN offices in all six districts with the aim of further strengthening service providers to deliver more efficient and victim-centered services to victims of domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence. The handbook consolidates WIN’s extensive experience and briefly discusses the overall context of violence against women in Sri Lanka while practically guiding the reader through the values and principles needed for a victim-centric approach to service delivery. This handbook is also available in Sinhala and Tamil languages. Sinhala Tamil

Inside Justice: Enabling Justice for Victim Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Notes for Legal Practitioners

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

This report consists of brief notes for legal professionals including judicial officers, lawyers, prosecutors, and legal aid providers as well as aspiring legal professionals and law students. Highlighting the need for gender-sensitive legal practitioners, the report presents findings documented through the exploration of formal justice sector responses and practices when dealing with cases of domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence. The report provides a realistic picture of how victim-survivors of such cases are treated within the formal justice sector in Sri Lanka and provides helpful suggestions for legal practitioners and those with the authority and ability to make a difference in the justice process, to renew public faith in the justice process and thereby, ultimately influence positive change in the justice process.

The Road to Justice

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

The Road to Justice video traces the journey of a victim survivor of domestic, sexual and gender-based violence on her way to reach justice. The video can be used for any audience including those in the justice sector and the general public, as an informative resource to discuss the roadblocks, challenges and misconceptions a victim survivor of sexual violence must navigate through when reaching out for support and assistance. It also depicts ways in which the victim survivor could be supported in this process by those around her, from her family and by-standers, to service providers and formal justice practitioners. The Road to Justice video is also available in Sinhala and Tamil languages.  

“Violence Against Women is Not a Game” Campaign in Sri Lanka

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

The Asia Foundation, Sri Lanka ran a media campaign, Violence Against Women is Not A Game. These interactive public awareness posts highlight some key information on justice sector responses to cases of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) including domestic violence. The series of four adverts showcase a word search dealing with SGBV covered under local legislation; a crossword looking at legal remedies; a game of bingo highlighting common responses that impact victims; and a maze that looks at the roadblocks along a victim’s path to justice. These visual posts can be used to raise awareness among the public on support services available for victim-survivors and encourage bystander intervention. The campaign material is also available in Sinhala and Tamil languages. English Sinhala Tamil The Inside Justice Project of The Asia Foundation Sri Lanka Office has been working to improve formal justice sector responses to cases of domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence against women and girls in Sri Lanka since 2016. The overall objective of this work is to redress cases of domestic, sexual, and gender-based violence (SGBV) through access to just, fair, and sensitive judicial processes. The Inside Justice Project adopts a multi-stakeholder approach—partnering with government institutions such as the Attorney General’s Department of Sri Lanka, local nongovernmental organizations such as Women and Need and Women and Media Collective, and professional bodies such as the Bar Association of Sri Lanka.

Women in Tek Network Launches Campaign to Promote Women Entrepreneurs as Role Models

Friday, August 20th, 2021

Phnom Penh, August 20, 2021 — The Asia Foundation’s Women in Tek Network (WTN) is launching an online campaign in August called “Modern Women Entrepreneurs” to spotlight women entrepreneurs as role models in Cambodia. Organized in partnership with PACT Cambodia and a network of their partners and grantees working in women’s empowerment and entrepreneurship, the digital campaign will spark conversation countering negative perceptions of women entrepreneurs among families, friends, and communities, and increase the outreach of WTN.   Despite progressive ideas becoming more popularized, the stereotypes in Cambodia surrounding women in business prevail. As stated in the 2018 Case Studies from the Asian Development Bank and The Asia Foundation on Emerging Lessons on Women’s Entrepreneurship in Asia and the Pacific, it is important to underscore how the roadblocks preventing women from achieving their entrepreneurial potential are rooted in social norms and customary practices that prescribe how much capital, time and autonomy a woman will be able to devote to entrepreneurial activities,” additionally the study found that in South Asia, women who had peer support during workshops and trainings resulted in higher household income and expenditures.  The belief that businesses are a man’s domain remains the norm, at times with family members even discouraging women from pursuing business aspirations. The campaign aims to change negative perceptions of women entrepreneurs among their personal networks and communities, by portraying the entrepreneurs and their support systems–families and friends–as role models to inspire others.   The digital campaign consists of five short videos in which young women entrepreneurs, their families, and friends will describe various kinds of support they have received and given or wish they have received or given. After the videos are published, an online panel discussion will be conducted, addressing the stereotypes and societal pressures that young women entrepreneurs face. The campaign will run entirely via all partners’ social media pages and will kick off in the third week of August, running for three weeks and ending with a panel discussion in the campaign’s final week.  Meloney Lindberg, Country Representative in Cambodia, remarked: “One of the most prominent barriers for not only women in tech, but young women entrepreneurs across Cambodia are existing… Read more

Women, Peace and Security and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion Specialist, ASEAN-Australia Political Security Partnership Program

Wednesday, August 4th, 2021

ASEAN-Australia Political Security Partnership (APSP) is an AUD$10 million investment of Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT). This five-year program aims to support Australian engagement with ASEAN on security cooperation towards a broader goal of an improved security environment in the Indo-Pacific region. The goal of APSP is to enhance ASEAN’s ability to lead more coordinated, cohesive, and inclusive responses to transnational political-security issues. APSP focuses on four policy areas: maritime security; cybersecurity; women, peace and security; and transnational crime. APSP is implemented by other Australian Government departments (OGDs) and The Asia Foundation. In addition to implementation of activities, the Foundation is responsible for on-demand research and analysis, support to OGDs-led activity, and overall monitoring, evaluation, and risk management of APSP. Women, peace, and security (WPS), and gender equality are shared priorities of both ASEAN and Australia. Between January and May 2021, Foundation administered a technical analysis on WPS to inform how APSP can engage various ASEAN sectoral bodies, ASEAN Secretariat, and other ASEAN entities; and support them in promoting the WPS agenda. The technical analysis includes a suggested work plan for APSP to pursue between 2021 and 2024 through Foundation. Ultimately, the work plan aims to promote gender-responsive leadership and enhance women’s roles in the security sector. The implementation of the work plan will require working closely with different ASEAN sectoral bodies, ASEAN Secretariat, and ASEAN entities. It will also require coordination and partnership with regional and international experts and practitioners, DFAT, and OGDs. In addition, the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) Strategy of APSP has been developed. It sets out the overall GESI goal of APSP, which is to contribute to improved GESI outcomes through regional responses to the transnational political security of ASEAN. Towards this goal, the Strategy adopts a combination of a twin-track approach and an adaptive approach for APSP to realistically optimize all opportunities to promote GESI in project activities, track progress, learn from program interventions, and make adaptations as needed. The GESI Strategy is applicable to all policy areas of APSP. The WPS and GESI advisor will support Foundation’s program team… Read more

Boosting Women’s STEM Leadership in the Asia-Pacific

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

For women in Asia pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, women’s networks are a powerful tool to shrink the STEM gender gap.

Covid-19 Violence Dashboard Shows Nepal’s “Shadow” Pandemic

Wednesday, July 21st, 2021

Amidst the heavy toll of Covid-19, Nepal is enduring another, shadow pandemic, a spike in violence of all kinds. Our longtime partner has adapted its online database to analyze Covid-related violence.