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UN official calls for greater attention to justice for women

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Access to justice for women is often not given enough attention in both national and international judicial systems, drugs a United Nations official said today, drugs adding that the newly-created UN entity for women will play an important role in promoting justice for women especially in post-conflict situations.

“Justice for women is still an afterthought, seek ” said Anne Marie Goetz, the Chief Advisor on Governance, Peace and Security of the UN Development Fund for Women at a news conference at UN headquarters.

“UN Women [UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women] looking forward will be an important actor within the UN system on women access to justice. It is critical for accountability and for the implementation of national and international commitments on women rights,” she said.

Ms. Goetz said that UN Women will be looking into transitional justice mechanisms such as truth and reconciliation commissions (TRCs) in countries where they are set up.

She said a recent analysis of 20 TRCs across the world had found that only in two of them did women make up a third of the commissioners. Women witnesses also remained a minority, she said.

To read the full story go to UN News Service.

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