Jean: Women must face special challenges and overcome unique obstacles on any given day, and that has only been exacerbated by the pandemic. Here and abroad, women have been affected by such issues as diminishing access to legal institutions, increasing domestic violence, growing injustice to women workers including frontliners, and discriminatory laws. This report highlights these and myriad other issues and sets out policy recommendations to protect women's rights during this time. My hope is that policymakers heed this advice, and that lawyers gain insight on how to use their special positions in society to ensure access to justice for all.
Claire: It is my hope that this article will raise global awareness of the unique challenges women are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as how those challenges, and the importance of addressing them, affect our broader communities. Global catastrophes often disproportionately impact women, particularly women of color, so this work is of critical value. By highlighting the threats to women’s access to justice, outlining the current state of justice systems across the world and providing reasoned policy recommendations, I hope we can encourage and motivate stakeholders to prioritize gender equality and women’s rights in responding to COVID-19. Now more than ever, women’s access to justice must be emphasized, promoted and upheld.