Legal Empowerment

SRSP is implementing “Legal Empowerment Project” in collaboration with technical and financial assistance from “Foundation Open Society Institute Pakistan” since November 2011.  Phase 1 of the project was a comprehensive needs assessment in order to understand the Justice needs of local population. Phase 2 was initiated in July 2012 in light of the assessment and RSPs community institutions model. The project aims to “Strengthen the capacity of the disadvantaged communities to protect their rights and to participate in and hold accountable public institutions" by providing free legal aid, conducting awareness raising sessions, provision of grass roots legal services through paralegals and encouraging citizen-state interaction. Around 9000 members of SRSPs organized communities have attended awareness raising sessions under LEP encompassing different topics such as: women rights, inheritance and family laws, legal identity (civil documentation procedures) etc.  53 community activists have completed training and are ready to serve their communities as community based paralegals. A resource pool of trained master trainers has been developed and SRSP workers who have completed the course are now providing their services for similar trainings under other projects as well. 4044 individuals were facilitated in obtaining various types of legal identity documents. Since July 2012 the LEP team has facilitated communities in resolving 124 different types of cases either through mediation, litigation or negotiation. In some cases the team was directly involved in mediation and some cases were referred to Jirgas and other Legal Aid Organization.

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