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Lawyers for the Poor

Friday, June 15, 2007

While in Kampala, Uganda, Meg visited the Uganda Association of Women Lawyers to learn about the work that they do. Established in 1974 as an independent not for profit organisation, it works with poor and vulnerable groups, especially women and children, to help them get access to legal advice.

 

The group undertake a wide range of work including litigation, mediation, arbitration, counselling, legal awareness, training, research and advocacy. They help children where there are child protection concerns and women suffering from domestic violence. There is also a significant amount of work involving property rights.

 

Meg met two women who had been helped. One woman, a teacher, described how her husband had falsified title documents for property they jointly owned and without her knowledge had borrowed a significant amount of money. The group helped her ensure her property rights and that the property was correctly registered. The second woman had been subject to domestic violence over a long period from her husband. She had eventually sought the help of the police and with the assistance of the group her husband had been receiving advice and counselling. She was hopeful that she would be able to stay in the relationship now the violence had stopped.

 

The Association also provides a legal education programme to create awareness in both rural and urban communities. This helps reduce rights violations and enhances the capacity of the public to seek legal justice and access to the law. They receive financial support from the UK Government through the Department for International Development (DFID).

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Meg is pictured with Norah Matovu Winyi, Chairperson, and Brenda Mpanga, Executive Director.

Meg is pictured with Norah Matovu Winyi, Chairperson, and Brenda Mpanga, Executive Director.


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