Making Women Legal Rights

Project Name: Making Women Legal Rights: A Reality in Bangladesh.

Project Duration: January, 2013 – December, 2016

Description of the Project (in short):

Community Legal Services has become one of the most effective mechanisms for the disadvantaged and vulnerable women in Bangladesh. It is designed with an aim to combat domestic violence against women and child rights and to provide them legal support through counseling and legal assistance. The aims of Community Legal Services program is to provide greater access to justice to the poor, marginalized and socially excluded communities in Bangladesh. BNWLA along with five Consortium partners – AVAS, FAIR, MKP, NUSA and SEDA, is currently undertaking a project named Community Legal Service (CLS) project titled “Making Women Legal Rights a Reality in Bangladesh (MWLR) by developing a consortium financially supported by DFID. The overall objective of the project is to improve the quality and coverage of justice at the grass root level in Bangladesh, encourage and create an enabling environment for legal services NGOs and community based organizations to coordinate their activities for improved delivery of community legal services to the target beneficiaries. Expected results of the four-year MWLR project are: increased access of poorest and disadvantaged women in community based legal services; Increased advocacy for adoption & enforcement of key women rights focused legislation; Increased usages of evidence based researches in amendment of laws and practices; Enhanced capacities of different level actors to deliver effective community legal services and to promote lesson learning, knowledge management and coordination within the justice sector.

 

BNWLA directly implements the MWLR project’s activity through legal service. Out of 64 unions BNWLA implementing the activity directly at 44 unions of following 8 districts namely Rangpur, Nilphamari, Kurigram, Gaibandha, Jamalpur, Mymensingh, Tangail, Satkhira. At field level 1 union Solicitor for 2 Community Legal Service Delivery Center (CLSDC) and 1 Paralegal for each CLSDC are available. Services provide through CLSDC centers are as follows: Providing Information, Legal Advice, Conducting Mediation, Litigation, Refer, Rescue and Shelter support. All of the services are providing free of cost. Moreover, there is a help line number available to support the victims, family members of victims and the community people to get instant advice and information as per their requirement. Furthermore, BNWLA provides legal advice through video conference from head office from which community people of hard to reach area are getting instant legal advices without leaving their community. This is one of the main objectives of the project to give door steps legal services. In addition, MWLR Research & Advocacy team conduct advocacy to change in policy level with evidence based research to develop women’s and child’s status.

 

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Mission/Vision of the Project:

The key objective of the project is by December, 2016 women are better protection from different forms of violence through availing community legal services at project target areas of Bangladesh. And the specific objectives are increase access to and willingness of targeted women to seek justice through community based legal service at project selected area; increase adoption & enforcement of key women rights focused legislation; improve mutual understanding and effectiveness between BNWLA and its partner organizations involved in ensuring community level justice and strengthening other interwoven rights related issues. Expected output of the project is BNWLA and its partners increased access of poorest and disadvantaged women in community based legal services; increased advocacy for adoption & enforcement of key women rights focused legislation; increased usages of evidence based researches in amendment of laws and practices; Enhanced capacities of different level actors (i.e. BNWLA’s lawyers, its partner organizations, member of shalish committee, , CBOs/ grass roots level NGOs, community members, village court judicial) to deliver effective community legal services and to promote lesson learning, knowledge management and coordination within the justice sector.

 

Working areas (including address, authorized person’s name):

 

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Staff list (Head Office)

Sl No Name Designation Posting E-mail Address
1 Mitali Jahan Project Manager Head Office [email protected]
2 Enamul Haque Manager-Capacity Building Head Office
3 Eshita Binte Shirin Nazrul Manager-Research & Advocacy Head Office [email protected]
4 Md. Rahimul Haque Asst. manager-Finance Head Office [email protected]
5 Ahsan Habib Assistant Manager-HR & Admin Head Office [email protected]
6 Md. Shamsur Rahman Coordinator-M & E Head Office [email protected]
7 Rezaul Karim Coordinator-Legal Service Head Office [email protected]
8 Tania Ferdous Legal Officer Head Office [email protected]
9 SK Eusuf Rahman Officer-Legal Service Head Office [email protected]
10 Md. Mamun Ur Rashid Officer-R & A Head Office [email protected]
11 Md. Efte Khairul Islam Officer-M & E Head Office [email protected]
12 Muhammad Nahid Mahmud Officer-E-Learning Head Office [email protected]
13 Ayesha Siddika Training Officer Head Office [email protected]
14 Md. Zakir Hossain IT Assistant Head Office [email protected]
15 Nuhin Fil Al-Amin Office Asst. Head Office [email protected]