Title of Presentation : Legal Aid Clinic and Access of Women to Justice

Names of all Presenters : Sahar Maranlou, Celeste Romero, Maria Celeste

Short Abstract : This session aims to examine access to free or low-cost legal advice available to women in order to understand whether women sought any legal services or could obtain legal advice to resolve problems and where they went to get that advice. The main attention is paid to legal empowerment in order to obtain a better perceptive of situations of those women seeking legal aid and also the circumstances under free legal advice is sought.
The session, also, presents some of key findings of the survey study on women’ perceptions of access to justice in Iran. This study is designed to focus on Iranian women’s basic legal knowledge, their familiarity with the role of the courts, police, and other formal institutions, their familiarity with the legal aid agencies and perceptions of justice. It is important to note that to my knowledge this is the first study of its kind to examine access to justice of women from legal empowerment perspective in an Islamic state.

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