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March 5, 2019

“I was ashamed to say what I had and how I felt…”

by Namati in Community Paralegals, Gender, Health

Chicuque Rural Hospital is a reference health facility for Maxixe District and the 2nd largest health facility in Inhambane Province, Mozambique. Since September 2017, community members were complaining about the lack of privacy in the health facility due to inadequate space for consultations. According to the community, it was common for two providers to attend…

May 8, 2018

Shifting Power: Female Farmer in Myanmar Secures the Release of Land Grabbed by the Military

by Namati in Community Paralegals, Gender, Land & Natural Resources Crops grow in rows on farm in Myanmar

  Fifty-year-old Daw Nan Shan is a widow, a mother, a grandmother and a farmer. For 28 years she has supported her family by growing and selling vegetables in the village of Wan Wai in Eastern-Shan State, Myanmar. The land she farms has been in her family for generations and is registered in her name….

May 6, 2018

Delivering Maternal Rights and Justice in Mozambique

by Namati in Community Paralegals, Gender, Health

When Mariamo* arrived at her local health center in Mozambique on a Sunday night in April 2017, she found the maternity ward empty. Her labor pains were intense. A security guard ran to the staff living quarters to inform the nurse on night duty. Without performing a physical exam, the nurse declared that Mariamo was not yet…

March 7, 2017

Fighting Land Grabs in Myanmar: Daw Mya’s Story

by Namati in Community Paralegals, Gender, Land & Natural Resources

For decades, the Burmese military seized land across Myanmar. In Eastern Shan province, they took Daw Mya’s land to plant teak trees for their private profit. Daw Mya tried to fight the land grab, submitting complaint letters to old parliament members and political parties, but she found her case ignored. The government began to address…

December 22, 2016

How One Experience in Bangladesh Advanced Women’s Rights Work in Myanmar

by Nant Thi Thi Oo in Gender, Global Legal Empowerment Network

The following is a blog by Nant Thi Thi Oo, a data entry associate with Namati’s program in Myanmar.    In November 2015, I had the chance to participate in a learning exchange hosted by Namati and the Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers Association (BNWLA). I was very grateful to be selected to go. The exchange focused…

December 13, 2016

Delivery Amid Abuse

by Ellie Feinglass in Community Paralegals, Gender, Health

Alcina has lived her entire life in an isolated coastal village in Mozambique’s southern region, without access to electricity, running water, or transport. She gave birth to her three children at the local health center – a 17km trek from her home. Within moments of each delivery, she was forced to get out of bed…

April 5, 2016

Gendered aspects of land rights in Myanmar: Evidence from paralegal casework

by Namati in Gender, Land & Natural Resources, Namati News, Resources & Research

Namati has published a new policy brief on the gendered aspects of land rights. It is our hope that Myanmar’s national reforms and the implementation of the country’s new National Land Use Policy can grow from the lived experience of ordinary Myanmar citizens. Namati and our partners assist farmers in Myanmar to claim their land…

January 29, 2015

Action on Myanmar’s National Land Use Policy

by Laura Goodwin in Gender, Land & Natural Resources, Opportunities

The Myanmar government recently released a draft National Land Use Policy for public consultation and comment. This policy is envisioned to be a framework to guide the development of a National Land Use Law during 2015 and the harmonization of the many existing land-related laws in Myanmar. The draft National Land Use Policy can be…

December 19, 2014

‘I just need my freedom’

by AdvocAid & IRIN in Community Paralegals, Gender

This moving documentary by IRIN follows the work of Marvel and Victoria, two paralegals working for Namati’s partner AdvocAid in Sierra Leone. It illustrates the harsh reality of life for many women in Sierra Leone who come into contact with the police and the prison system. Marvel and Victoria bring hope to those suffering arbitrary…

November 25, 2014

Putting the Rule of Law Behind Women’s Rights

by Namati in Gender, Land & Natural Resources

Namati’s Vivek Maru discussed how legal empowerment is being used to strengthen women’s rights at this fascinating Trust Women 2014 plenary session. The topic was ‘Access to Land, The Biggest Challenge For Women’s Empowerment’. He was joined by leaders from OXFAM, the ONE Campaign, SABMiller, and the Landesa Center for Women’s Land Rights. Watch here: