In our quest to continue on our path of providing relevant resources and tools for Empowerment of women in our country, we today (22/04/2017), held our first official Legal Aid Day for our Affiliate members as an Organisation. The event was held under the theme: “Increasing Legal Awareness and Empowerment among Women to Ensure Better Justice Delivery.”
Our Legal Aid clinic which falls under our schedule of active programs this year, is specifically tailor made to lay emphasis on legal literacy and increase legal awareness amongst the Affiliate Members of the Organisation, especially those who live in far off areas and where literacy and more importantly, Legal Literacy is lacking.
As Narendra Modi once argued, Free Legal Service is an Inalienable Element of Reasonable Fair and Justice Procedure and ZWWS Plays a Critical Role in ensuring that this Constitutional Guarantee is secured through provision of such a service to its Affiliate members.
As ZWWS, we realise that the importance of making people aware of their legal rights and duties, becomes more acute where marginalized groups like the women we work with,and the less priveledged or poor are concerned. Information shared on a day like today therefore falls perfectly in line with one of our objectives, which is that of helping to empower women with relevant legal information needed to help them navigate the legal terrian as, and when it applies to them.
The presentation followed a good outline made of the intestate succession act, with a detailed breakdown of :-
☆Issues to do with administrators of an estate and what to do if your spouse dies without a will.
☆Ones rights as a beneficiary Vis a vis other beneficiaries.
☆ Some solid points on being proactive to ensure you protect yourself as a wife or beneficiary to an estate.
☆How to not be caught unaware.
☆Also where to seek assistance from should you need clarity on issues concerning death and property settlement.
Our facilitator also ably tackled:-
☆The employment environment; issues to do with what constitutes sexual harrassment, entitlements, leave packages, maternity leave etc.
☆how to protect oneself as a Business owner e.t.c.
All in all, it was a package that had bits and pieces of almost every legal situation that could arise at any given time in a womans life.
We certainly look forward to more of such mind enriching & progressive events in future.
ZWWS: ” Changing the lives of Zambian Women, one Woman at a Time.”