Access to Justice for Women Survivors of Violence : Women's Police Stations in Latin America

Violence against women continues to be a significant obstacle to equitable, human development in Latin America. The four countries under study - Brazil, Ecuador, Nicaragua and Peru - have ratified the 1994 Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence Against Women (the Belem do Para Convention). The establishment of specialized police stations represents an innovative contribution to the prevention and punishment of violence against women, and demonstrates at least nominal state commitment to the issue.

This grant will support a comparative study of women's police stations in the four countries in terms of access to justice for survivors of violence against women. The studies will include ongoing consultation with users and police, and other service providers, advocates and donors.

The idea is to identify strengths, weaknesses and best practices in women's police services with a view to improving public policy in this area.

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Project status


Start Date

Friday, October 26, 2007

End Date

Tuesday, August 31, 2010


24 months

IDRC Officer

Cos-Montiel, Franscisco

Total funding

CA$ 630,000


North and Central America, South America, Brazil, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Nadine Jubb


Centro de Planificación y Estudios Sociales (CEPLAES)

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