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Legal Aid Project Gained Speed

Ankara, October 2016

We are happy to note that the project to “Support the Improvement of Legal Aid Practices for Access to Justice for All in Turkey” has gained speed with the meeting of the 1st Steering Committee on 9 September 2016. International recognition of the project was noted with reference to the latests CEDAW recommendations to Turkey, which, under the sub-heading Access to Justice and Legal Aid and with direct reference to the project, recommends that Turkey:

“Ensure that free legal aid, including in Kurdish and Arabic be made available to women without sufficient means, particularly those earning the minimum wage, including through the establishment of legal aid clinics in rural or remote areas and expand the “Support to the Improvement of Legal Aid Practices for Access to Justice for All in Turkey” project carried out by the Union of Turkish Bar Associations partnership with the United Nations Development Programme”

UNDP understands and welcomes the challenge that this places on the project, and assures all stakeholders that it will continue mainstreaming gender equality in every project activity, output and outcome in line with Sida’s feminist foreign policy and the support of our partners, namely the Union of Turkish Bar Associations and the Ministry of Justice of Turkey.