women are usually the immediate victims of gender violence, the consequences of gender violence extend beyond the victim to the society as a whole. In order to protect themselves and obtain better access to essential services, women in general and survivors of GBV need information about their rights and how to assert these rights through the appropriate legal channels, therefore YAWI finds it necessary to train Women survivors of GBV in informal settlements as paralegals to end the vice.
GBV is a highly prevalent and multifaceted problem, which hinders women and girls' personal development and their active participation in the public arena and hugely contributes to the low status of women in the society. Research indicates an increase of violence against women in the burgeoning informal settlement communities, little attention is given to the survivors and vulnerable groups. Women are the immediate victims of gender violence, however, consequences affect families and society.
Training of women victims of GBV empowers survivors of GBV as active rights-holders. Unable to afford lawyers and ignored by authorities, their rights are routinely violated by employers, preyed upon by corrupt officials, and victimized by perpetrators of violence. Often poor and disenfranchised, these individuals and even their whole communities struggle to find means of recourse or redress for the harm done to them. By providing justice services, community-based paralegals can offer a solution
The project will train 100 women paralegals and will have indirect impact of 5000 people in the two slums. Community-based paralegals have a deep knowledge of the people they serve and can provide solutions not just to individuals, but to the groups. Perhaps and most importantly, community-based paralegals are able to empower their clients, helping them to become aware of their rights and act to advance their interests.