Women con­sider jus­tice

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MOGADISHU: The UN mis­sion in So­ma­lia has started a se­ries of con­sul­ta­tive meet­ings across the coun­try to seek views on the tra­di­tional jus­tice sys­tem and how it hin­ders women’s ac­cess to jus­tice.

The UN said that the meet­ings brought to­gether lo­cal women lead­ers, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and civil so­ci­ety rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

“They iden­ti­fied prac­tices that they don’t want to ac­cept any­more. For ex­am­ple, the fact that in the tra­di­tional jus­tice sys­tem, a young girl will be given as com­pen­sa­tion to an­other clan in a case of mur­der,” said Vir­ginie Blan­chard, a Ju­di­cial Af­fairs Of­fi­cer from the mis­sion’s Rule of Law and Se­cu­rity In­sti­tu­tions Group.

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