Women Aid Collective (WACOL) has held a two-day training of Paralegal officers in Enugu State. The training commenced on July 12 and ended on July 13 at Gold Value Hotel, New Haven, Enugu, Enugu State.
The officers were effectively trained to develop skills and grasp their roles and functions as paralegal officers in their communities. Generally, 25 paralegal officers with at least one participant from the 17 Local Government Areas of different Enugu State communities were trained.
The objective of the training is to groom an inter generational community of individuals who would act as community watchdogs and gatekeepers in the fight against VAWG.
Their roles and functions as paralegal officers in their communities and society, in general, include: giving essential legal advice, referring community members to service providers, explaining basic legal procedures, helping to respond early to emergencies from SGBV/VAWG emergency cases, accompanying community members to court/police, and to make reports or referrals.
The training is very beneficial to the public because it would help expand the frontiers of access to justice at the grassroots.
The intervention was supported by Action Aid Nigeria (AAN) and funded by the Global Affairs Canada (GAC) under the Women’s Voice and Leadership Nigeria (WVL). Wacolnigeria@Women Abia (State)This training is in line with WACOL’s thematic areas of providing free legal aid services and treatment and counselling support to needy citizens who are victims of CASH.
Current training was the second time WACOL has trained paralegal officers as part of her capacity-building efforts.Recall that similar training was carried out in 2004 and involved participants from other states. Ultimately, we are focusing on providing access to justice to Victims/Survivors of Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) in society.
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