This sub-project aimed to enhance access to justice for poor and vulnerable women and children in Kampala, Iganga, Wakiso, Lamwo, Nebbi and Lira districts in Uganda. Building on the results achieved during Phase I, the Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Uganda) delivered a series of awareness-raising activities, including community barazas and dialogues, on women’s rights, gender equality and gender-related laws to community members and providing online legal information and advice on related subjects to increase community awareness on women’s rights and gender equality. Furthermore, FIDA-Uganda continued to provide legal counselling, advice, mediation and court representation services through the operationalization of legal clinics, mobile legal clinics and toll-free lines for vulnerable and marginalized women in targeted communities across Uganda and its Strategic Interest Litigation Unit. FIDA-Uganda also supported the establishment and functioning of women’s economic empowerment groups to increase their access to justice in remote communities. Moreover, in order to strengthen the capacity of informal justice actors to resolve disputes and provide referral services to communities, FIDA-Uganda delivered training and mentorship sessions on the provision of legal aid services to community legal volunteers, and supporting them with the delivery of legal aid assistance to the community. Finally, in order to ensure sustainability of sub-project results, FIDA-Uganda undertook a study on national and international best practices on the recognition and financing of community-based paralegals.
Uganda Association of Women Lawyers (FIDA-Uganda)
Enhanced Access to Justice for Poor, Vulnerable Women, Children and Marginalized Communities – Phase II
avril, 2023 - septembre, 2023