Legal Empowerment of Poor Project a 9 month initiative funded by DAI – EDACE in 13 districts of Sindh and Southern Punjab. The goal of the project is to “improve access to justice for poor, disempowered and marginalized segments in southern Sindh” through community level, district level, provincial level and national level activities. MRDO In context of Sub Grantee for Community Level Activities, project focused districts are District Jacobabad, Ghotki, Kashmore and Sukkur. These activities includes Awareness Raising on Legal Rights, (District Ghotki and Sukkur), Provision of Legal Aid through District and Tehsil Bar Association Legal Aid Committees (Jacobabad & Kashmore), and Community Paralegal trainings (District Ghotki and Sukkur).
Improved access to justice for poor, disempowered and marginalized segments in southern Sindh
Citizens are better aware of their rights; voice their grievances, facilitated access to redressal options.
Enhanced awareness of local communities and CSOs on legal rights and complaint redressal mechanisms
LEP project will have following components
Component A; Awareness Raising on Legal Rights:a targeted legal awareness campaign will be conducted in district Sukkur and Ghotki. This will be done through mobile legal awareness clinics and legal katcheries (Community gatherings) and other tools of awareness. MRDO will use this content in their awareness raising months.
Component B; Provision of Legal Aid through District and Tehsil Bar Association Legal Aid Committees (Jacobabad & Kashmore): MRDO established a legal aid centre in District and Tehsil court premises. It will sign a MoU with District Bar and provide legal aid through District Bar Legal Aid Committees. A proxy means testing (PMT) Performa will be used to determine the eligibility of legal aid (this will not be applicable to victims of domestic violence or women victims of violence). This legal aid centre would cater to referrals from EDACE partners as a priority case.
Component C; Community Paralegals: INP in coordination with EDACE and other stakeholders (OSI, EU, UNDP) developed a uniform paralegal module. This module included paralegal performance tracking and case referral tracking system (a Performa). MRDO used this module to train their community paralegals in district Sukkur and Ghotki