Name of the project: ‘To support Non State Actors (NSA) actions to promote access to justice’ Length: 24 months (till August 2017)
Target area: Mumbwa and Kapiri district in Central province; Petauke and Lundazi district in Eastern province. Target groups: 4,000 citizens (65% women) from 40 Area Associations (AAs) in the 4 targeted districts; 18- traditional leaders in 9 chiefdoms. The final beneficiaries are rural women and the population of Zambia. This projects focuses on increasing access to justice for survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV) victims in rural communities of Central and Eastern province in Zambia.
1) To facilitate the participation of citizens in the policy process to increase social accountability and inform and improve policy implementation.
2) To deploy and integrated model of justice delivery for cases of GBV in rural remote areas.
1) Strengthening AAs with civic advocacy and legal skills
2) Engaging local chiefs
3) Increasing legal literacy of communities
4) Improve customary practices
5) Submitting legal revisions regarding provisions of anti-GBV laws
6) Increasing downward
7) Conducting AAs watchdog
8) Linking victims to support services
9) Conducting community Radio programmes
The change the project ‘To support Non State Actors (NSA) actions to promote access to justice’ wants to see
1) Citizens are equipped to prioritise access to justice and eliminate GBV at a local level
2) National GBV policies are better implemented and aligned with community practices to address local constraints
3) Government actions are complemented to ensure women in rural areas receive justice for complaints of GBV cases (i.e sexual violence, abuse, forced marriage, divorce, custody and inheritance) and community led actions are implemented to ensure local government increases access to justice for rural women.
Women For Changeis a Zambian gender focused NGO working with communities, especially women and children, in rural areas to contribute towards sustainable human development using popular education methodologies. Women for Change has been working with the remote rural communities since its inception in 1992. The organisation’s principle objective is to contribute to the creation of sustainable economic and social systems which are controlled by rural communities and which respond to their needs. The organisation is thus committed to the creation of a critical mass aware of their human rights and obligations as citizens. Recognising the importance of good governance, respect for human rights and democracy as necessary conditions for human development, WfC has strong advocacy and human rights education components in its programmes and education. Its existence as a Zambian NGO is based on the principle non-partisan collaboration with civic, political and other organisations on matters concerning the development of rural communities. Women for Change has worked with over 1,000 rural community based groups of women and men as well as girls and boys, mainly in five provinces: Lusaka, Central, Southern, Eastern and Western province. The organisation also works with traditional leaders (chiefs and village head persons) to promote women and children’s rights in all the ten provinces of Zambia and the Southern Africa development Community (SADC) region.