Funded by United Nations Trust Fund
This inclusive, justice service-delivery model started in 2012, supporting the Justice Ministry and Police with disability experts to facilitate communication in the trial of cases involving persons with disabilities. LCDZ, working with a pool of disability experts (at national level) is addressing violence against girls and women with disabilities (GWWD) by supporting survivor Girls and Women with Disabilities to access post-violence justice and related health and psycho-social support services.
Whilst support to survivors and capacity building of stakeholders on disability issues has national coverage, violence against women prevention activities are being implemented primarily in 6 Districts of Mt Darwin, Mutoko, Chiredzi, Chipinge, Bulilima and Mangwe.
Key programme interventions entails; provision of practical support to survivor Girls and Women With Disabilities to access post violence justice; training of Girls and Women With Disabilities on Gender Based Violence; formation of Girls and Women With Disabilities support groups; sensitization of the Victim Friendly System sub-committees (including Magistrates and Prosecutors) on disability issues and challenges faced by Girls and Women With Disabilities in accessing justice; production of adapted IEC materials as well as review of feedback and accountability mechanisms for the Police among other project deliverables. Working with the justice actors, LCDZ expertise is supporting the reduction of case backlogs and completion rates while affording persons with disabilities an opportunity to enjoy their right to justice services in line with the UNCRPD Article 13.