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LAW and NCA host: 5 Key Guidelines for Providing Remote Legal Aid to GBV Survivors

Gender Equality & GBV - Global

On 12 August 2020, LAW and NCA hosted a webinar for legal aid providers looking in detail at the guidance note: 5 Key Guidelines for Providing Remote Legal Aid to GBV Survivors, published last month. The webinar saw LAW’s own legal aid providers present the Guidelines to over 60 participants, reflecting on their own experience of working in lockdown, and how they have overcome the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Speakers working in Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, Lebanon and Bangladesh discussed fundamental aspects of legal aid provision that have been affected by lockdowns worldwide, including how to contact your client and how their safety may be implicated by the lockdown, how to conduct remote rapid assessments by phone, how to obtain documentation required to provide legal aid when you can’t meet your client, and the importance of having strong referral systems in place to ensure holistic support is available to clients whose situation may have deteriorated considerably during the global pandemic.

A recording of the webinar will be available soon.

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