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National Alliance for Women Lawyers (NAWL) is a non-partisan and not-for-profit nongovernmental organization operating in the Republic of South Sudan. The organization was formed by South Sudanese female lawyers in 2016 with the objective of promoting and protecting rights of women, children and other vulnerable groups.

Vision  

NAWL envisions a South Sudan where the rights of women, girls, children and other vulnerable groups are protected, respected and the rule of law upheld as the basis of good governance, democracy, access to justice and peaceful co-existence.

Mission

Our mission is to provide pro bono legal services to women, girls, children and other vulnerable groups as well as to create awareness at all levels on women’s and children’s rights, principles of human rights and international instruments to which South Sudan is a party. NAWL seeks to advocate legal reforms to conform to international law and principles while engaging stakeholders, governments and communities in peacebuilding and promotion of transitional justice.

Although a nascent organization, NAWL has set forth ambitiously in the thematic areas of rule of law, access to justice, transitional justice, and governance. Wealth of experience of members in legal awareness, supporting women’s rights in advocacy (legal aid) and protection is a strong predictor of NAWL’s success.

NAWL’s activities fall into the following categories: pro bono legal services; legal awareness; equity and equality; policy research and reform seeking to address legal protection; and monitoring and evaluation with regards to oversight on duty-bears.  Other activities include peacebuilding, advocacy and promotion of girl-child education, and cultural reforms to tolerate legislations that empower women.

Areas of engagement

NAWL’s present portfolio encompasses the following:
Pro bono legal services: NAWL believes in free delivery of justice to women, girls and children who fall victims of their rights violation through representation before the courts of law and other law enforcement agencies such as the police, prisons and customary courts. Training of paralegals pulled from all communities on the rule of law, access to justice, human rights, international legal instruments and other national laws is a necessity to achieve this objective.
• Peacebuilding: to promote peace, unity and stability of all the people of South Sudan;
Awareness raising: To sensitize the communities about the diversity of laws –domestic, regional and international – without discrimination.
Equity and Equality: To fight inequality of employment by promoting the principle of ‘equal pay equal worth’, constitutional provision on nondiscrimination in employment based on gender, and ensure that women duly appreciate the 25% affirmative action in addition to their rightful share of the job market.
• Policy Reform: To lobby policy-makers and implementers to ensure quality and affordable access to justice, provision of healthcare and education. This is done through public debates, essay competitions, dialogue and conferences
Negative Tradition and Customs: To advocate for eradication of negative customs and traditions that undermine the dignity of women and girls, including early and forced marriages, widow inheritance and property rights to women and girls.
• Child Protection: Creation and promotion of psychosocial therapy opportunities for vulnerable children and those affected by the conflict, advocacy for child rights protection and safe place for children.
• Basic Education: Advocacy and promotion of access to basic education for the most disadvantaged children and girls.
• Policy Research: Conduct of periodic research in key thematic areas to respond to the policy and development needs of women and children. The research agenda seeks to inform decision-making, policies, programme development, institutional development, capacity building/ strengthening and advocacy strategies at all levels.
• Monitoring and Evaluation: Provide technical expertise in monitoring and evaluation, including impact evaluation to clients of sexual and gender-based violence. This is an important aspect of measuring results and gauging effectiveness of interventions and employ advisors or experts and other staff for all or any of the objects of the organization.