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-Biased 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-Biased 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-Biased 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 the Fiji Women’s Rights Movement, the Tonga Women and Childrens’ Crisis Centre, and the Samoa Victim’s Support Group.

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