Citizen-centric Delivery of Justice: An Agenda for Democratic Reforms

Governments' commitments to protect women from gender-based violence in South Asia does not always translate into safety, security, and equal access to justice for women.

Because of failings of the criminal justice system, women do not enjoy the full benefits of citizenship. This reduces the hallmarks of a working democracy, such as upholding the rule of law and safeguarding human rights.

Most states in South Asia claim to be committed to protecting women from violence and holding perpetrators to account. This research aims to help improve how justice is delivered.

In helping to set an agenda for democratic reforms and in setting up a framework that will support analysis of the effectiveness of the criminal justice system, the Institute for Development and Communication will focus its efforts on the Indian states of Assam, Punjab, and Gujarat.

The research is expected to lead to the creation of a gender-sensitive social audit tool to mobilize and sensitize citizens and citizens' groups to better ways to deliver justice. Other expected outcomes include a new level of discussion of the core issues among policy groups, civil society, and the media, as well as the building of more peaceful, inclusive, and secure societies with accountable and legitimate governance institutions.

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Start Date

Monday, January 16, 2012

End Date

Tuesday, March 17, 2015


30 months

IDRC Officer

Singh, Navsharan

Total funding

CA$ 260,000


India, Central Asia, Far East Asia, South Asia


Governance and Justice

Project Leader

Dr. Rainuka Dagar


Institute for Development & Communication

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