In November of 2015, Namati partnered with Bangladesh National Woman Lawyer’s Association (BNWLA) to host a 16-day learning exchange. The exchange focused on women’s empowerment, combatting gender-based violence and the use of paralegals in expanding women’s access to justice.
Participants came from around the globe (see list below). Some attended to improve evaluation methods for large, decades-old paralegal programs, while others were working on expanding fledgling programs in difficult political contexts. There was a tremendous amount of inspirational dialogue and peer-to-peer learning together with our accomplished hosts at BNWLA. From site visits to Victim Support and One-stop Crisis Centers to local government youth-led paralegal programs to analyzing strategies to reform personal status laws, everyone left with new perspectives and plans to incorporate what they had learned in their future work.
An exchange participant from Myanmar, Nant Thi Thi Oo, wrote about her experience and the impact it had on both her and her organization. You can read her blog here.
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Discussion with Manikanj Union Parishad, the local government office, and their youth community paralegals.
Zaw, Wigayi, Thi Thi, Fatima, Myo Su and Jovin speaking with legal trainers after a community domestic violence training in Manikanj.
Observing a gender rights and the law training at City College in Cox’s Bazaar.
Observing a domestic violence community training that BNWLA is facilitating in an ethnic minority fishing village outside Cox’s Bazaar.
Participants listening to a presentation by Khalid Hussain about the paralegal work of Namati’s Citizenship program in Dhaka, including Sharif, Jovin, Samaa, Wigayi, Yasmine, Nidal and Sawsan.
Two empowered young paralegals, Nahid Parvin (Left) and Shabnaj Akter (Right), working with Namati’s Citizenship Program advocating on behalf of their deeply marginalized community in Geneva Camp, Dhaka.
Community members watching a Theater for Development show on gender equality in Rajshahi.
Interview with a BNWLA paralegal in her office after a client consultation in the local government building in Rajshahi with Myo Su, Wigayi, Thi Thi, Fatima, Jovin and Zaw.
BNWLA staff and local paralegals going through their case management processes with participants.
Group photo in Cox’s Bazaar before the start of a busy day, with Sharif, Samaa, Wigayi, Rezaul, Myo Su, Yasmine, Nazih, Jovin, Zaw, Fatima, Thi Thi, Nisreen and Sawsan.
A meeting with local women’s committee in Rajshahi with Zaw, Yasmine, Abigail, Fatima, Wigayi, Thi Thi and Myo Su.
Discussion with local women’s group about their gender-based violence committee in a BNWLA model village project.
Myo Su, Zaw, Sharif and Nidal asking questions in rotating panels during the exchange debrief workshop.
Small group discussions during the exchange debrief workshop with Sharif, Yasmine and Thi Thi.
Debrief workshop group photo, from left to right: Abby, Nisreen, Sawsan, Thi Thi, Myo Su, Jovin, Borna, Michael, Mitali, Sharif, Wigayi, Fatima, Zaw, Yasmine, Nazih, Samaa and Nidal.
The 16-day learning exchange hosted participants from the following organizations:
A second group of participants working within Oxfam GB’s Middle East Gender Equality Programme also joined for 11 days, with participants from: