Video: Tajikistan Gender Equality Program Improves Access to Justice

March 2011 

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Under a project funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, the ABA Rule of Law Initiative has produced three public service announcements to raise public awareness about women's rights in Tajikistan.

The ABA Rule of Law Initiative’s (ABA ROLI’s) gender equality program in Tajikistan is helping increase women’s access to justice and educating the public on women’s rights. As part of the program, which was launched in January 2009, ABA ROLI conducts roving legal clinics in rural areas. Program lawyers provide pro bono legal assistance for women, including in filing for child support and in applying for proof of property ownership and other government services. To date, the lawyers have provided consultations to 289 women and represented 48 clients in 59 cases.

To raise public awareness about women’s rights, ABA ROLI is working with a local animator to produce three short public service announcements (PSAs) for television broadcast. The PSAs will address important women’s issues, such as the importance of registering a marriage and applying for child support even if a marriage was not registered. The PSAs will also encourage women to take action now—register their marriage, for instance—to prevent future problems.

The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

To learn more about our work in Tajikistan, contact the ABA Rule of Law Initiative at <rol@americanbar.org>.

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