In March 2008, over seventy judges and legal professionals from all over the world met at the U.S. State Department for the Senior Roundtable for Women’s Justice in Washington, D.C. to explore ways to eradicate violence against women and improve women's access to justice. At the Senior Roundtable, these judges exchanged ideas on how to overcome these barriers and identified the need for a forum to continue their dialogue and translate their suggestions into on-the-ground projects.
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With a generous grant from the Avon Foundation, Cornell Law School established the Avon Global Center for Women and Justice. The Center's mission 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.
The Center is unique because it incorporates the perspective and experiences of judges, particularly women judges, in designing its projects. The Center will promote the implementation of existing international human rights laws and national protections aimed at eradicating violence against women by providing free legal research support to judges around the world and by providing online access to these laws. The Center will serve as a formal and informal network of judges from around the world who want to improve access to justice for survivors of gender-based violence.