Human rights | 08.03.2022

Charter of Fundamental Principles On Access to Justice for Women Victims of Violence

The UIA Women's Committee proclaimed the Charter of Fundamental Principles on Access to Justice for Women Victims of Violence on 8 March 2022, at the end of the seminar it organised jointly with the French Conseil national des Barreaux (CNB) on the occasion of International Women's Day.

The Charter states, among other things, that "Women victims of violence have the right to an unhindered and easy access to justice as well as to an effective remedy for the harm they have suffered. They are entitled to competent and highly qualified legal services and representation during judicial proceedings and to legal aid if they lack sufficient means. They must always be treated with respect of their dignity and their privacy and protected from repeated violence."

It calls on Bars and lawyers to play a fundamental role in particular "in accompanying and supporting women victims of violence who seek protection and legal assistance as well as in providing them an effective access to pro bono legal services and to legal aid."

The following bar associations have endorsed the Charter:
  • Barreau du Luxembourg  (Luxembourg)
  • Barreau de Liège-Huy (Belgium)
  • Kuwait Bar Association (Kuwait)
  • Conseil national des Barreaux  (CNB) (France)
  • Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Barcelona (ICAB) (Spain)
  • Portuguese Bar Association (OA) - (Portugal)
  • Ilustre Colegio de Abogados de Lima Sur (Peru)
  • Barreau des Avocats de Rabat (Morocco)
  • Venezia Bar Council (Italy)
  • Istanbul Bar Association  (Türkiye)
  • Bologna Bar Association (Italy)
  • Colegio de Abogados del Departamento Judicial La Plata (Argentina)
  • Barreau de Bruxelles - Ordre français (Belgium)
  • Barreau de Bordeaux (France)
  • Ordre des Avocats de Genève (Switzerland)
  • European Bars Federation (FBE)
  • Rwanda Bar Asssociation (Rwanda)
  • Ilustre y Nacional Colegio de Abogados de México (INCAM, Mexico)
  • Fédération Suisse des Avocats (FSA - Switzerland)
  • Hungarian Bar Association (Hungary)
  • Palermo Bar Association (Italy)
  • Vojvodina Bar Association (Serbia)

If your Bar Association wishes to endorse the Charter of Fundamental Principles on Access to Justice for Women Victims of Violence, please inform the UIA through this link.