Gender Justice Through Musalihat e Anjuman (GJTMA)
The Local Government Ordinance (LGO) of 2001 created a new system of local government in Pakistan. Among other institutions, it created an Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) mechanism at the level of the Union Council (UC), the lowest level of local government. This ADR is called the Musalihat Anjuman (MA), and it is a formal mechanism that uses informal procedures for resolving disputes. The LGO conceived it as an ADR mechanism for all citizens and did not provide for any special attention to women in this regard. The Gender Justice Through Musalihat Anjuman Project (GJTMAP) aimed not only to get the MAs off the ground but also to gender this important new institution from the outset.