Access to Rights & Justice

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Access to Rights & Justice

Why

Bangladesh’s democracy is still at its nascent years. Democratic institutions are not well developed while rule of law and good-governance remain largely elusive. There is also a lack of efforts for attaining social inclusion and democratic participation. All these have resulted in access to rights and justice being achieved by a selective few rather than all. WAVE Foundation is working towards building a society where all the citizens have access to rights and justice.

Where to Reach

It has two specific objectives-
  To promote access to rights and justice for all with emphasis on the poor and
marginalized;
  To conduct policy advocacy and campaign for pro-poor policy and enactment
of various laws regarding rights and justice.

How

WAVE is particularly focusing on the poor and vulnerable that are often discriminated against and denied access to justice. WAVE is striving to raise citizens’ awareness of their rights and entitlements. Besides working within the formal justice system WAVE has also undertaken projects to facilitate access to justice through strengthening local justice systems like village court and community mediation.

Projects

Right to Food Campaign & Projects

The major objective of Right to Food Campaign is to share experiences of civil societies’ movements and strengthening contact with all concerned organizations, institutions, partners & networks and ensure right to food and nutritional security for all the people of the country. It aims to promote investment in agriculture and food systems by accelerating coherent and transparent policies, laws and regulations based on equitable, inclusive, and gender sensitive governance structures in the context of Bangladesh. Right to Food Bangladesh is conducting Right to Food Campaign and undertaking multifaceted activities to accelerate the ‘Legal Framework on Right to Food’ and other relevant issues by engaging different entities with its perspectives and strategies while WAVE Foundation has been playing the facilitating role.

Youth Rights and Development Campaign

National Youth Assembly is intending to undertake extensive programs and campaign activities under ‘Youth Development and Rights Campaign’ to ensure youth rights, particularly rights to education, skills and employment. Simultaneously, WAVE’s youth development initiatives like Youth Leadership Development Program, Active Citizens Program as well as Skill Development training and Youth Development through different activities are also underway..

Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh Phase II

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to improving access to justice for disadvantaged and marginalized groups in Bangladesh through establishing village courts in project targeted (1080) unions of Bangladesh. The specific objectives of the new phase are to make local authorities more responsive to local justice needs and offer appropriate legal services in the form of well- functioning village courts and to empower local people, especially women, the poor and vulnerable groups to seek remedies for injustices and to resolve their disputes at the local level in an expeditious, transparent and affordable manner. The project activities focus on Promote and protect human rights security through devising a human rights-based approach in programming and delivery system; Strengthen local government institutions to the responsive to local needs and other approaches legal service through well functioning Village Courts. The Local Government Division (LGD), Ministry of Local Government, Rural Development and Cooperatives have initiated the `Activating Village Courts in Bangladesh Phase II Projects’ with the partnership of UNDP and European Union (EU). This Project is implemented by WAVE Foundation in 248 Unions at 29 Upazillas in 6 districts named Khulna, Satkhira, Bagerhat, Patuakhali, Barguna  and Bhola under the Khulna and Barisal division.

Community Mediation

The overall objective of the project is to promote sustainable community mediation at local level. The specific objectives are to develop a sustainable model of community mediation and to campaign and advocate for replication of the sustainable model of community mediation and legal recognition. In order to achieve the overall and specific objectives, the project raises community awareness on legal and human rights, raises awareness of the community and relevant stakeholders on the necessity of quality and sustainable community mediation for accessing justice by the poor and marginalized including the women. The project is implemented in 15 unions of 3 Upazillas under Meherpur, Madaripur and Pirojpur districts in consortium with two national NGOs namely Madaripur Legal Aid Association and Nagorik Uddyog. UKAID through Maxwell Stamp PLC & CLS support the project.

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