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

LRF Strengthens the Marriage Bond

In a touching testimony, Sencia Masamva from Mutare wrote to Legal Resources Foundation: “I am a woman aged 33 years. I came here in December 2012 and was assisted to apply for a protection order against my husband. ……my husband has been beating me almost every month because of jealousy. He did not want me to be in the company of other men. He did not want to see me talking to men but he was the one who usually cheated on me….. Since I got help …here (Legal Resources Foundation Mutare) in December 2012 my husband came to me and apologized. He began to respect me as the mother of his children… I am now enjoying my marriage after 11 years of suffering. Since then my husband stays by my side and he now wants to wed me…”

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. Upon the death of her husband, she had no one to assist in getting his death certificate but the visit to the LRF proved an eye opener for her and the subsequent advice gave her confidence to claim her rights. She said she did not know where to seek help and this built the fear in her. After explaining the legal requirements to her, a paralegal referred her to the District Registrar’s Office. The relieved woman later informed the LRF that upon producing the referral letter she was given, the District Registrar and other officers were very cooperative. She said the letter assisted in creating an environment free of tension. Ms Chipendekari realized that knowledge is power and that the offices she did not think were available for ordinary people, are meant for all.
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