The North-South Institute


Access and Action: Monitoring Gender (Un)equal Access to Justice and Public Security in Fragile States

Through this project we researched the challenges women face in accessing justice and security in Afghanistan, Haiti and the occupied Palestinian territories, and how they differ from the challenges faced by men. The research examined what national governments and the international community ought to do to ensure women and men have equal access and recourse to these important services.

Environmental Scans:

Assessing Gendered Access to Justice in Afghanistan, by Hangama Anwari, Cheshmak Farhoumand-Sims and Krista Nerland, December 2009.

Équité de genre, justice et sécurité en Haïti (only available in French), by Isabelle Fortin and the URAMEL team , December 2009.

In an earlier phase of this work (2005), CIDA commissioned NSI to review emerging donor thinking on fragile states; review frameworks and programming tools used in related areas such as peacebuilding and draw on those analyses to help it strengthen the gender dimensions of its own fragile states strategy.


Report: Gender Equality and Fragile States Policies and Programming: A comparative study of the OECD/DAC and six OECD donors, by Anca Hermina Paducel and Jennifer Erin Salahub, February 2011.

Report: Fragile States, Gender Equality and Aid Effectiveness: A Review of Donor Perspectives, by Stephen Baranyi and Kristiana Powell, August 2005.

Policy Brief: Bringing Gender Back into Canada’s Engagement in Fragile States: Options for CIDA in a Whole-of-Government Approach, by Stephen Baranyi and Kristiana Powell, August 2005.

Roundtable Report: Canada’s Whole-of-Government Approach to Fragile States: The challenge of gender equality, by Jennifer Erin Salahub, May 2006.