Enhancing Access to Justice making headway
Most of these people do not even understand their rights to start with and have been denied of formal justice all these years.
Vulnerable groups especially, such as women, children and people living with disability, hurt the most, but plans to bridge the justice gap in the communities is quickly closing through the introduction of the Solomon Islands Access to Justice Project referred to as A2J.
The larger population of the Solomon Islands is about to experience a change, as the Public Solicitors Office is supported to extend its services to people.
The project is about to be implemented therefore the inception workshop which was well attended by people across the justice sector and other stakeholders, was to map out an implementation plan.
During the workshop opening yesterday UNDP Country Manager said Justice is a common thread that runs through all 17 Sustainable Development Goals, and without it the world will be unable to end poverty, reduce inequality or build democratic nations.
“This Project targets SDGs 16 and 5 of the 2030 Agenda,” he said.
He said SDG 16 asserts the need to promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.
“Further, SDG 5 seeks to achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.”
He said to advance towards a world where all individuals are empowered to access justice, and where stakeholders collaborate to provide services is an ambitious, but achievable goal, and essential for sustainability.
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice Dr Paul Mae supported the initiative adding that the justice sector has a lot of work that needs to be done, reaching out to people.
Funded by the Australian Government, the project will be implemented by UNDP in partnership with the PSO.