[LELC 2019] Gender Equality case study + Paralegal Recognition + Skill Sessions (Day 4)

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We are the Thursday Hosting group (@SampadaNayak @Ferjep @tsuyanga @obuzovici @Borany ) for LELC 2019. Here are our updates on the sessions for the day. Thanks to @martaalmela for helping us write it! It was a packed day with a lot of brilliant sessions throughout the day! Enjoy Reading!

Legal Empowerment and Gender Equality

It was a very informative session. All of the crimes against women have more issues involved in them than one. The session began with an impressive quiz of a lot of statistics about gender justice and discrimination against women around the world. There is structural discrimination against women. On the surface though there are so many anti-discrimination laws in place, but in practice, there is structural discrimination. It’s not easy to identify their problems, because it’s hidden and it akes effort.

“When you can’t see the problem, you can’t solve the problem”

There are oppressive systemic patterns present throughout the world as mechanisms or law and systems of justice are not adapted to the needs of the affected communities. communities) In the second half of the first session, we divided into regional groups (South Asia, South East Asia, Europe, Americas, Africa (2 groups)) to discuss a case scenario of gender based issued in the context of regional laws.

Later in the case study session we discussed strategies that people in their context to solve their cases and we could use the learning from these strategies for us.

Paralegal recognition, accreditation and sustainability

We spoke about recognition and accreditation of paralegal work and their sustainability while at the same time not to compromise in the independence they have in working.

We did two case studies- Nancy Sesay talked about paralegal movement in Sierra Leone and Matthew Burnett talked about the non lawyer recognition in US

We divided into regions- South Asia, South East Asia, Europe, Americas, Africa (2 groups). We discussed two questions regionally- Whether or not recognition is required/good, Tradeoffs of paralegal recognition or if recognition still useful

There were a lot of interesting comments on recognition coming from the context of different countries.

Skill Sessions

Innovative Financing- talked about sustainability of a project. How to get resources, allocate them or use them. We had a good exercise on planning an idea for a social enterprise. What we can do to make profit, benefits, allocation of profit for development. Testing the idea of social enterprise before implementing it.

Community survey- Everyione can conduct a community based survey, was a major takeway from the session. Key principles of community surveying- how people must be involved, how to identify the questions which should be based on your needs and not on your donor organization’s needs. Project mapping to see who are we working with at the moment and who could we work with to conduct a survey

Power mapping and advocacy strategies We talked about the definitions of people/authorities involved in mapping process for example organizations who are your allies and who oppose you. The power axis and using live examples from participants to do the mapping.Lot of examples on how we can use power mapping.

Advocacy strategies session was by Aimee. It was a case study of Kenya about the civil war, crimes during it and the subsequent strategies used to avoid such situation in future and make the perpetrators accountable for their crimes. Takeaway- Dont get married with the goal be flexible. Be flexible with strategies.

Working Groups on work plans

6 groups discussed work plans. We did voting about who from each group would be presenting their work plan tomorrow.

That was it for Today! Bye Bye !

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