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  • Effective governance and accountability of the legal/justice sector may include:
    • Establishing specific national or regional bodies, such as gender ombudsman offices, national equality councils, working groups on gender, or ministries of gender and family to monitor and report on gender issues in the justice sector
    • National or regional collaboration of civil society groups to work as an observatory on the justice sector response to violence against women
    • Engaging international partners to assist in monitoring justice sector response to violence against women and to raise the profile of critical issues on the international stage
    • Training survivors and other women (and women’s organizations) to carry out monitoring of informal and formal justice mechanisms
    • Promoting an increase of targeted research on the justice sector, particularly regarding the informal justice sector
    • Monitoring the implementation of laws on violence against women and girls to ensure that the laws, policies, and protocols are effective in protecting women and girls, and to determine if amendments or reforms are needed. (DAW/DESA, 2010; and Legislation Module.)