Project profile — Strengthening Justice for Women, Girls, and Indigenous Peoples in Guyana


Justice Education Society of British Columbia (CA-CRA_ACR-0010010767)
2022-03-07 - 2026-03-31
Global Affairs Canada
NGM Americas

Country / region 

• Guyana (100.00%)


• Legal and judicial development:
Legal and judicial development (15130) (50.00%)
Ending violence against women and girls (15180) (50.00%)

Policy marker 

• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (significant objective)
• Disability (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)


The project seeks to deliver greater equality in access to justice for women and girls throughout Guyana, particularly empowering Indigenous women, and girls to be less vulnerable to violence. Key project activities include (1) Training and coaching the Guyana Police Force in initial report taking using a trauma informed approach; (2) Training police in the Sexual Offence Units on advanced sexual and gender-based violence interviewing and reporting; (3) Training police, prosecutors and judiciary on gender bias and stereotypes for better delivery of gender-sensitive justice for women and girls who have been victims of sexual and gender-based violence; (4) Training the police, prosecutors and judiciary on the use of forensic evidence and expert testimony in criminal cases; and (5) Developing a training program on accessing and navigating the justice system directed at women and girls. The project will directly benefit 12,000 women and girls living in remote, vulnerable communities, but will have an indirect impact on the lives of all women and girls who live in fear of sexual and gender-based violence in Guyana.

Expected results 

The expected outcomes for this project include: (1) Strengthened human rights and gender-responsive capacity of justice institutions to address and respond to sexual and gender-based violence affecting women and girls in Guyana; and (2) Increased access to quality and gender-responsive justice for Indigenous women and girls who are vulnerable to, or victim of, sexual and gender-based violence in Guyana.

Results achieved 

Result achieved as of March 2023 includes 61 police officers trained in “Basic Skills Training in Providing Effective Response to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Crimes”.

Budget and spending 

Original budget $400,000
Planned disbursement $680,000
Country percentages by sector
Type of finance Aid grant excluding debt reorganisation
Collaboration type Bilateral
Type of aid Project-type interventions
Date modified: