Violence against women, or gender-based violence, is one of the most pervasive human rights violations affecting individuals, families and communities across the globe. One in three women will suffer from some form of violence in her lifetime. In March 2008, more than 70 judges and legal practitioners from all over the world met at the U.S. State Department in Washington, D.C. to explore ways to eradicate violence against women and improve women's access to justice. Participants at this event identified the need for a forum to continue their dialogue and to translate such dialogue into on-the-ground programs.
With a generous grant from the Avon Foundation for Women, Cornell Law School established the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice. The Center was founded by Clinical Professor of Law Sital Kalantry, who was also its founding faculty director, and Kim Azzarelli, JD' 97, who chairs its Steering Committee.
The mission of the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice at Cornell Law School is to work with judges, legal professionals, governmental and non-governmental organizations to improve access to justice in an effort to eliminate violence against women and girls. In furtherance of this mission, we promote dialogue among the judiciary, governments and civil society.
Although gender-based violence can take many forms in different corners of the world, many of the barriers to securing justice are shared experiences. Recognizing the global nature of the problem, we provide legal resources on gender-based violence and provide direct legal research assistance to judges. Additionally, we engage in a number of selected projects in cooperation with judges, professionals and organizations in countries across the globe.
Thank you for your interest in our work.