Lawyers and local advocacy organisations will gain access to an important tool needed to identify gender bias within legal decisions made in Pacific Island Countries.

The International Centre for Advocates Against Discrimination has released a handbook detailing its methodology in examining sentencing patterns with a view to uncover Gender Based Violence trends over a 20- year period.

This work is an initiative to promote a data-driven methodology within leading governmental and civil society organizations throughout the Pacific Island region by 2021.

The Gender-Based Violence Sentencing Handbook is produced in partnership with global law firm Clifford Chance.

It is primarily aimed at assisting lawyers and local advocacy organizations to analyse case law, while putting a spotlight on societal and community-level factors that both contribute to Gender Based Violence and shape judicial attitudes.

The Handbook has been introduced to over 30 stakeholders in Fiji, Tonga, and Samoa, including the Chief Justices of Tonga and Samoa and leading women’s rights organizations including Fiji Women’s Rights Movement, Tonga Women & Childrens Crisis Centre, and Samoa Victim Support Group.

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