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Taking the law into their own hands: citizens in the South are strengthening access to justice for women, and Canada must support them

By Anne McLellan      

This is a sensitive, potentially dangerous time to be advancing women’s rights. Advocates and elected leaders must continue to be bold. Canada must continue to invest in women in the global South.

Tanzian girls, pictured. The Canadian government has placed the economic and social well-being of women at the centre of its international development goals. Now we must ensure access to justice is a central theme of this strategy, writes Anne McLellan. Photograph courtesy of Flickr

Tanzania feels like one of the most challenging places in the world to be a woman. Almost half of all Tanzanian women have faced physical or sexual violence, and while 70 per cent of people live on less than $2 per day, poverty is highest among female headed households. I learned this as I trekked 104 km through the Great African Rift Valley and savannah bush on a charity walk in support of Crossroads International.

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