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Aalima Zaidi

India  
Association for Advocacy and Legal...
Joined April 2021
Interests: Access to Information, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Other, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Policy Advocacy & Governance, Women's Rights
I am a practicing lawyer and leading coordinator of casework unit of Association for advocacy and legal initiatives (AALI) Casework unit is dedicated for free legal aid including legal counseling, helping for lodging FIR and filing cases in different courts of Lucknow Head office.Being coordinator of the unit, my main focus is always on encompassing the right to choice in relationship decision-making and violence against women, AALI’s Casework & Legal Support team handles a broad range of cases, including inter-caste and inter-religious marriages, honor-related crimes (including cases of acid attack), domestic violence from marital or natal family, forced marriages, child sexual abuse, custodial violence, and rape, among others. In adhering to the organization’s interpretation of the right to choice in relationships, in the past AALI has taken up a same-sex relationship case. Survivors are not turned away as a result of inability to bear any financial cost.
Also, I look after fact-finding and legal support because these are critical components of our casework efforts, as they facilitate the social mediation process and provide key data for lobbying relevant stakeholders. Particularly with respect to honor-related crimes, child sexual abuse, and identity-based violence, fact-finding evidence collected by the Casework & Legal Support team helps to raise the profiles of these issues among media and governmental actors, especially when gauging the level of state response. Much of the data collected by the Casework & Legal Support team for advocacy purposes comes from case analysis and family court data.
My Casework team engages in outreach to enhance general legal awareness, in particular as pertains to the rights of women against violence and the right to choice in sexual relationships. In addition, it supports AALI’s advocacy efforts through the distribution of literature, as well as by holding public meetings, building rapport with human rights defenders and like minded organizations, and forming linkages with relevant governmental actors.
This course includes practical skills sessions on topics like community innovative financing, providing legal services remotely, and using power mapping and case data for advocacy, which will surely help us because our work is also based on research and case data. Also this course emphasizes peer learning, because we have been giving training and creating network, so overall this will be a great learning opportunity.

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