SUPPORT ORGANISATIONS WHO ARE EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH LAW

When you join Talem, you'll be connected with one of the below organisations when they need your skills. Read about the work below, and join the network to get involved. In the meantime, head to their websites and donate if you're feeling generous. We note that your donation will not be tax deductible at this stage. 

SASANE / NEPAL

Through the organisation's paralegal training programme, SASANE empowers survivors of human trafficking by training them to become certified paralegals. As trained paralegals, these women provide access to justice free of charge to other women survivors of human trafficking and gender-based violence. SASANE'S paralegals are re-integrated into society not only with education and job skills, but as female community leaders who understand their legal rights. 

SASANE'S paralegal programme includes: a 1 month theoretical class; a 6 month internship at a police station in Nepal; a 2 month preparation for a Paralegal Certification Exam; and a police station placement. In addition to empowering women, the programme also helps to sensitise the police and authorities to the Nepali human trafficking reality. Thus far, SASANE has trained 205 women to become certified paralegals. The paralegals have provided legal services in over 400 court cases, and have rescued 211 women and girls from human trafficking.   

Click here to donate and learn more about Sasane. 

ASYLUM ACCESS / MALAYSIA

Asylum Access Malaysia (AAM) was founded in 2014 to make refugees’ human rights a reality in Malaysia. Through a dynamic combination of legal services and community legal empowerment programs, AAM considers the needs of the most vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers to provide them with individualized services and crucial information that afford them the opportunity to live safely in Malaysia.

AAM’s Community Paralegal Program aims to fill the existing protection gaps and provide access to justice and empowerment to the refugee community in Malaysia, with a particular focus on women and girls. Community paralegals are refugees themselves, trained and empowered to respond to the needs of their communities. They are trained to conduct Know-Your-Options workshops, identify vulnerable clients and collect client information for AAM services, as well as draft referrals to UNHCR and other NGOs for protection and services. In a context where obtaining UNHCR documentation - thus protection from arrest and detention - is increasingly difficult for some ethnic communities, paralegals play a crucial role in identifying and referring the most vulnerable refugees to AAM and UNHCR. This program enables AAM to increase capacity in handling the significant demand for protection services, while effectively serving as a gateway between AAM and refugee communities.

Click here to donate and learn more about Aslyum Access.

CENTRE FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE / INDIA

The Centre for Social Justice is a socio-legal, non-governmental organisation created by the Institute for Development Edfucation and Learning. It is one of the first organisations of its kind in India that uses the judicial system to fight for the rights of marginalised people. The Centre has worked with the United Nations Development Programme, and founded the Indian Institute of Paralegal Studies, which recognizes the crucial role played by paralegals in ensuring justice delivery and provides legal education to men and women in several districts. They were instrumental in the formation of NALSA paralegal volunteers scheme, aimed at imparting legal training to volunteers selected from different walks of life so as to ensure legal aid reaching all sections of people and ultimately removing the barriers in access to justice.

Recently, the Centre trained 16 female paralegals in the area of child rights. The child rights paralegal training is an initiative of UNICEF and the Centre, whereby paralegals were trained in three districts of Madhya Pradesh. Paralegals were trained in various activities and were exposed to local government bodies. The intervention helped volunteers gain rights based perspective on issues involving violations of child rights. They are now able to identify child rights issues and the different stakeholders involved in violation of the rights of children. Paralegals also receive hands on mentoring and support. 

Click here to donate and learn more about the Centre for Social Justice. 

SALIGAN / PHILIPPINES

SALIGAN (Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panlegal) or Alternative Legal Assistance Center, Inc. is a developmental legal resource NGO in the Philippines. Founded in 1987, SALIGAN means 'that which is fundamental and basic.' It seeks to effect societal change by working with women, the basic sectors, and local communities for their empowerment through the creative use of the law and legal resources. SALIGAN has programs for women, workers, and local communities (urban poor, fisherfolk, indigenous peoples, victims of disaster, and children), as they participate in governance and on the issues of peace and the environment, each engaged in litigation support, legal education, policy advocacy, research and publication of popular materials.

SALIGAN handles cases of victims of gender-based violence and advocate for the enactment of laws and issuances of policies addressing women’s issues. Women in the communities are trained to be paralegals who are able to assist litigants in and outside the courtroom, with knowledge of court procedure and substantive law. Aside from advice on court-related matters, women also provide insight on options for women in crisis. There is also continued monitoring of paralegals through regular clinics.

Click here to learn more about SALIGAN. 

TIMAP FOR JUSTICE / SIERRA LEONE

A core component of Timap for Justice's services focuses on ending impunity around sexual and gender-based violence in Sierra Leone, and promoting women and girls' access to fair and timely justice. Timap has operated its 'Core' Community-Based Paralegal programme since its inception in 2003. Paralegals are trained in the rudiments of civil and criminal law and procedure, human rights law, and the structure of the Sierra Leonean formal government. 

Combined with their deep knowledge of and familiarity with customary law and institutions, such training enables paralegals to work both with individual parties as well as entire communities. Paralegals mediate disputes, assist clients in navigating government institutions, provide information on legal rights and means of redress, and help communities organise to take on justice-related issues. 

Click here to learn more about Timap. 

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