Organisation Internationale de Droit du Développement

HagueTalks: How to make justice a reality for women and girls?

Join a dialogue with renowned experts and practitioners and share your thoughts and ideas on how to deliver justice for women and girls.

Issues of significance in the lives of women and girls such as family disputes, access to land and gender-based violence are often resolved by chiefs, elders, religious leaders or similar customary and informal actors because formal justice systems are not always accessible, affordable or familiar to communities. On top of that, state judicial systems can be seen as complicated, with slow, inflexible and often confrontational processes. However, these customary and informal systems often fail to uphold women’s rights.

So how can we realize justice for women and girls who use these systems? And how can customary and informal justice contribute to women finding justice? What are the pros and cons of these systems? What are some of the examples of promising recent developments and opportunities for the future?

The event is co-organized by IDLO and the Knowledge Platform Security & Rule of Law


15:30 – 17:00 CET | Wednesday, October 9, 2019 | IDLO Conference Room, Hofweg 9E, The Hague

Register for the event here or watch the recording here


Fiona Hukula, an anthropologist from Papua New Guinea, will talk about the pros and cons of customary justice and the practice of witchcraft and sorcery allegations against women in her country.
Laisa Masuhud Alamia, a human rights lawyer from the Philippines, is an expert in the use of sharia law especially on issues of relevance to Muslim women, such as female genital cutting, adoption and the care of orphans, women’s religious leadership and child marriages.
Jemimah Aluda, a lawyer and women’s rights activist from Kenya, works on empowering women in community justice cases and is committed to the creation of a society that is free of all forms of discrimination against women and girls.

Consultation on customary and informal justice:

The speakers will also participate in an expert meeting convened by IDLO as part of its global consultations on customary and informal justice. Find out more about the online knowledge exchange and share your insights here.