Access to Justice Programmes
These remains the flagship Programme of the organization where diverse access to justice products for women are modeled. Apart from promoting the ‘quick justice’ measures on the demand side, it also engages with the supply side of justice in the establishment of institutions as the courts of small claims to enhance justice delivery to women. This is done through:
Formal Justice Programmes
Public interest litigation (PIL).
This intervention remains the flagship of FIDA Kenya work with over 4000 women provided with legal support every year. However, out of the 4000, only 240 make it to the courts. This is mainly because most cases are resolved out of court and through our other interventions.
These women then proceed to use these skills in mentoring and training of other women in their communities to represent themselves in court.
Pro Bono lawyers’ scheme:
It consists of practicing advocates who share the FIDA Kenya vision and mission of enhancing access to justice for poor and needy women by engaging the formal justice system to claim their rights. Through the pro-bono scheme, FIDA Kenya has been able to litigate many women rights violation cases without the women having to travel long distances to FIDA Kenya offices. This is because the women are linked with lawyers in their community.
In 2012, FIDA Kenya initiated the Community Legal Assistance Scheme that has seen the number of cases referred to pro-bono lawyers increase tremendously. Community legal assistance schemes are community based organizations that are served with the responsibility of screening clients and offering basic legal advice and refer the cases to pro-bono lawyers within their locality for litigation purposes.
Alternative Dispute Resolution Programmes
Mediation as a way of resolving family disputes.
Engagement with traditional justice systems.
FIDA Kenya works with IJS across Kenyan communities on issues of land and property rights and to ensure referral of domestic violence and SGBV cases to relevant authorities for litigation. This is in recognition that these cases are criminal in nature and therefore must not be resolved through community systems. These programme seeks to bridge the gap between formal and traditional law to ensure that the two are consistent with each other and that these systems are gender responsive.
This is done through individual, couple and group therapy counseling services.