Celebrating 30 Years of Service

2002 - 2004 Training for traditional leaders starts

Legal & Civic Education

The LRF believes that "Knowledge is power" human and legal rights violations thrive on ignorance. It is for this reason that LRF seeks to educate people on their rights, empower them to assert themselves and afford them the ability to take up cases when necessary.

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Offering Legal Services

Offering legal services & responding to human rights abuses. The LRF concentrates on family law issues and provides information and Knowledge to an average 100,000 people each year. Having raised awareness, the trained staff are then available to help individuals to their particular problems.

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Service Provider Training

In support of its work to address the people's needs, the LRF also strives to strengthen service delivery and build the capacity of local authorities to protect the rights of their constituents by training service providers in the justice system and public sector.

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Promoting Law & Policy Reform

Promoting law & policy reform and citizen participation in governance. The LRF researches and provides information on topical issues, most recently on why a strong constitution is important and the different elements that should be present in a democratic constitution.

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Legal Publications

The Publications Unit (LPU) has been described as the hub of the wheel of LRF, linking the various programmes. It produces pamphlets and information leaflets to underpin the education programme and publishing legal texts for the profession, which also contributes to income-generation.

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Latest News Articles

False prophet attempts to facilitate child abuse

A girl aged 13 years was forced on a boy aged 14 years by her guardian. He was responding to a self-proclaimed prophet who had claimed that the boy impregnated the girl, who was two months pregnant.

The power of referrals empowers the marginalised

The cascading power of information is evident through referrals. A classic example was when Ms Tina Chipendekari, who was married to a Malawian, visited LRF Highfield offices seeking assistance to acquire her late husband’s death certificate. She was referred by someone who had attended LRF outreach sessions on legal empowerment.

A different perspective on stiff sentences for sexual offenders

There have been clarion calls from civil society, traditional leaders and various stakeholders for the imposition of stiffer, deterrent sentences on sexual offenders. It is pleasing to note that a Cabinet committee has been set up to look at possible ways of reducing incidences of sexual offences, one such strategy being the imposition of stiffer, deterrent penalties. This is a welcome development in light of the increasing incidences of sexual offence cases reported in the press and to the police and various stakeholders who deal with such cases.