The long arm of the law is often inaccessible to women in need. In order to change that and facilitate legal help and intervention for women in distress, Partners for Law in Development (PLD) plans to make information available to anybody looking for it.
The legal resource group recently re-launched its website to advance “social justice and women’s rights through law.”
The resource packed website keeps the web visitors in the loop of general developments on women’s rights, PLD’s activities and shares information on programmes, workshops and trainings on women and the law.
Moreover, the website houses a repository of Feminist Law Archives, to make accessible a collection of memorandums, reports and petitions that reflect women’s movements’ engagements with the law. Recognising the rich contribution by the women’s movements and its impact on legal developments, this section aims to make accessible advocacy materials and reports that are either unpublished or not easily accessible.
“Over the last two years of activism on criminal law amendment bill, many of us felt the need to refer to older memorandums and bills, petitions and critiques which were sometimes hard to retrieve. Realising that the past must inform the present and future contestations, we began to collect material. Download for instance, the soft version of Towards Equality (1974) on a click of the mouse!” states the release.
PLD is also a part of national level campaigns protesting against all forms of discrimination against minorities and marginalized groups as well as advocacy for law reform. They have been a part of voices against section 377, working group on human rights, resisting communal violence and sexual violence.
“This is a start - we're looking to build this repository and need you to share your collection,” states the website, inviting others to send similar materials for uploading to make collective struggles with the law widely available.