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As of November 5, 2020, the global cases of COVID-19 surpassed 48 171 563 including 1,226 241 deaths. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimates that the COVID-19 pandemic will cost the global economy about $375 billion a month and predicts a cumulative loss over two years of over $12 trillion. The IMF also envisions the deepest global recession since World War II. The pandemic is disproportionately affecting the world’s poor (including women and vulnerable) who are the majority of the World Bank’s clients given its impact on their health, education systems, social safety nets and the justice systems.
Access to justice for women and vulnerable people is a continuing challenge in many of our member countries even prior to COVID-19. The justice sector institutions (courts, prosecutor offices and the police) are facing numerous challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and have devised interventions for ensuring the safety of and access to justice for women and other vulnerable groups. This panel will:
- examine the impact of the pandemic on the justice sector institutions;
- share information on the interventions devised by the various justice sector institutions to address these challenges;
- assess the efficacy of these interventions in ensuring access to justice for the vulnerable, women (including victims of gender based violence and sexual exploitation and abuse) and the poor; and
- provide some insights on the implications of these findings for the World Bank’s work.