Final Evaluation: Women Judges Lead the Fight to Demand Justice and Accountability for Sexual Violence Survivors in Malawi
Authors/editor(s): George Vilili & Ronald Phiri
Grantee: Women Judges Association of Malawi
Grant period: 1 March 2017 – 28 February 2019
Grant amount: $500,000
Summary: The Women Judges Association of Malawi implemented the project “Women Judges Lead the Fight to Demand Justice and Accountability for Sexual Violence Survivors in Malawi” with two main objectives: 1) criminal justice reform; and 2) empowerment of women and girls in accessing justice. The project promoted women’s leadership within the justice sector; trained judges, prosecutors and police on gender stereotypes; and advocated for consistent protocols for courts handling sexual violence cases.
Main findings of the evaluation:
- The project conducted awareness sessions in remote areas with high incidences of sexual violence. The sessions reached 15,369 women, 6,756 boys and girls, and 6,206 men.
- The awareness sessions exposed cultural practices that promote child marriage, dispelled myths about sexual violence, and addressed dominant cultural norms.
- The project created the Gender Task Force, which developed a curriculum on managing sexual violence cases that will inform people involved in the criminal justice system.
- The project developed a model for dealing with sexual violence in refugee camps that addressed the challenges of the diverse languages and cultural backgrounds of refugees.
Subject area(s): Ending violence against women and girls; UN Trust Fund to End Violence against Women; Monitoring, evaluation and reporting; Rape/sexual assault; Child marriage; Access to justice and legal protection
Publication year: 2019