A 3 days free legal advice and services for women and girls was organized by Voice of Freedom Ministry International in collaboration with Rural Development, Information and Legal Advocacy Centre (RUDILAC) from 29th Sept – 1st Oct 2022. The legal services rendered includes rights protection, family support, alternative dispute resolution and general legal services for women and girls.
Total number of lawyers for the three days was 17 and total number of cases attended to was also 17. The gender of respondent is 5 male and 12 female. The first respondent to enjoy the service is a male of 45 years with issue bothering on debt recovery and irregular land transfer.
In a whole, action taken include referring 3 Cases in writing to the Ministry of Justice for immediate Action, sending one petition each to Economic and Financial Commission and Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIG) one 5 for investigation and other cases were assigned the volunteer to continue with the necessary legal intervention.
According to the President of RUDILAC, President Aigbokhan “The ultimate goal of RUDILAC is to shrunken access to justice gap for rural women. The first edition was held in the Benin City and in the house of God. Next year, we will use Local Government secretariat in selected rural communities to promote rights of women, girls and migrants. We are excited that we started promoting these rights in the vineyard of God
RUDILAC was established in 2018 to promote rights of women in rural communities and assist low income individuals, NGOs and journalists to enforce their rights. It has trained over 706 individuals and litigated 19 public interest cases both at national and international courts.