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Gender Equality and Criminal Justice in the West Bank

A combined Canadian-Palestinian team of gender equality and women's human rights experts completed almost three years of advisory services to Justice Canada in relation to the Sharaka project, an initiative to strengthen the Office of the Attorney General and Public Prosecution in the West Bank. Varsen Aghabekian, Kimberly Inksater, Lisa Lachance and Beth Woroniuk monitored gender issues in the Palestinian criminal justice system by reviewing law reform initiatives, tracking news related to access to justice and violence against women, and gathering information from international and Palestinian organisations on progress and challenges. The team also advised on the integration of gender equality and women's human rights across the Sharaka project's institutional initiatives. Technical advice focussed on operating procedures related to cases of violence against women, specialised training for prosecutors, human resource policies, physical design of district offices, and information technology.