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Ruth Kaima

Malawi  
Centre for Human Rights, Education,...
Joined April 2021
Interests: Community / Customary Land Rights, Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Policy Advocacy, Traditional / Customary Justice, Women's Rights
I am a 33 year old single mother of one, a Lawyer by profession working as litigation officer for Center for Human Rights Education, Advice and Assistance (CHREAA). My work mainly involves embarking in strategic interests litigation, private prosecution in sexual violence cases and defending victims of malicious prosecution. I also oversee all legal related matters for the organisation, both administratively and project side. Before attaining my Law degree, I worked as a paralegal officer as well as a project officer for CHREAA for 9 years (2006 -2015). As a Paralegal, I was involved in empowering prisoners and detainees in detention centers on basic legal court process to enable them to ably defend themselves in court. I was also involved in Community Mobile clinics where we would teach the communities on different topics like human rights, domestic violence, land issues and general access to justice. I have worked in several community projects that involve empowering communities to demand access to justice and accountability from service providers. I have also been involved in several legal research projects. For example, i was involved in a research that unearthed the ills of vagrancy laws in Malawi. I was also involved in a resentencing project of those who were convicted under mandatory death sentencing upon conviction of murder. I have also been involved in several advocacy works lobbying for law reform and other policies. One of the greatest advocacy work i was involved in involved advocacy for the repealing of the rogue and vagabond offence under petty offences, was also part of the team that successfully advocated for an increase in prison budget to cater for sanitary materials for female prisoners, and the amendment of the HIV/AIDS bill which had discriminatory provisions. Currently, as head of legal at CHREAA I have engaged in several cases against police brutality. I am Currently pursuing prosecution of cases of perpetrators of torture, several civil cases for compensation of victims of human rights abuses. I have also been involved in several strategic litigation cases. My entire career has centered upon promotion and protection of human rights, mainly towards access to justice both at the informal as well as the formal level. Therefore, joining this network will be a boost to my already vast experience in assisting the marginalised groups.

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