The Association of Female Lawyers of Liberia (AFELL) has officially launched a legal aid clinic in Buchannan City Grand Bassa County.
With support from UNDP/UNMIL, the program will provide legal aid to women, children and other vulnerable groups.
“The heartbeat of AFELL is to provide legal assistance to indigent persons, particularly, Women and Children in Liberia,” AFELL president Atty. Vivian Doe Neal said.
“We therefore like to encourage our mothers, Sisters, Market women, Female famers, women of all status, our children whether you are a boy or girl living in Grand Bassa and Montserrado Countries to bring cases of violence or abuse that have been perpetrated against you to our legal Aid Clinics.”
UNDP and UNMIL are providing financial and logistical assistance to the legal Aid Clinic programs in Montserrado and Grand Bassa Countries, Atty. Neal indicated.
Meanwhile in a brief overview of the UNDP/UNMIL Project Atty. Philomena Tube Williams, chairperson on the launching committee said, “This project is titled, ‘Protecting and promoting the Rights of Women, Children and Indigent persons Through AFELL’s Legal Aid Clinics’.” “It is particularly targeting beneficiaries in Montserrado and Grand Bassa Countries” she continues.
Atty. Williams said AFELL will track, monitor and document women legal rights issues; engage with lawmakers/policymakers to come up with legislations that will protect the rights of women and children as well as advocate for the abolition of policies violating women and children’s rights.
Atty. Williams further explained that AFELL will educate and encourage victims in cases of gender-based violence and abuses to women, children and Indigent persons, not to be pressured into dropping their charges and resolving the situation through conciliation or mediation.
“We will evaluate the cases, and determine where mediation is necessary as an Alternative Dispute Resolution and those that require prosecution in courts, in adherence to the Rule of Law “She indicated.
Speaking also in a brief remark Senator Nyonblee Kargar-Lawrence emphasized the fast striking of cases in court. The Grand Bassa County Senator encouraged AFELL to speedily pursue cases in court so that justice can be served.
For her part, former Ministry of Gender Madam Julia Duncan Cassell, said the women and children of Grand Bassa County are privileged to have AFELL reopening its door in Buchannan to protect women and children rights.
AFELL is a feminist professional advocacy group dedicated to promoting and protecting women and children rights in Liberia.