An evaluation of the LRF’s Legal Education Programme has shown that the adage “Knowledge is power” speaks to reality.

The evaluation results of the LRF’s Legal Education activities in 2016 showed that the LRF has helped change lives in a variety of ways through making people aware of their rights and training them not only to know those rights, but also to assert them. The Legal Education Programme has lent credence toNelson Mandela’s assertion that “education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world”. A holistic approach was taken to the community sensitisation so that victims of human rights violations were helped to understand the processes to follow for recourse while perpetrators were made to understand the legal implications of their actions.

Carrying out needs assessments helped the LRF shape its legal content by addressing the issues most important to the community, such as birth certificates, children’s rights, HIV and the law, inheritance, marriage and the law, socio-economic rights, sexual abuse and the writing of wills. Beneficiaries’ comments below validated the life-changing nature of the carefully crafted and well-thought out programme.

“Being a widow was more like a crime; relatives would take all the property as well as controlling my life, but the LRF liberated us.” (A woman from Gutu)

“My late father was a member of the Johane Marange sect. He had three wives other than my late mother. Due to ignorance of the law, I intended to drive them from my late father’s plot. However, as a result of this meeting I have acquired legal knowledge and will not do anything outside the parameters of the law. Thank you LRF for such a programme. Please extend this to other places.” (Mutoko)

“Since we started working with the LRF, we have seen a lot of people registering property andreporting cases of human rights violations.” (Bindura Urban Community Development Trust Legal Officer)

“We sometimes conduct outreaches with the LRF and immediately after conducting the outreaches we record an increase in the number of abused people who report cases to the police.” (Assistant Inspector for the Victim Friendly Unit, Nyanga)

“Being a widow was more like a crime; relatives would take all the property as well as controlling my life, but the LRF liberated us.” (A woman from Gutu)

“My late father was a member of an Apostolic sect. He had three wives other than my late mother. Due to ignorance of the law, I intended to drive them from my late father’s plot. However, as a result of this meeting I have acquired legal knowledge and will not do anything outside the parameters of the law. Thank you LRF for such a programme. Please extend this to other places.” (Mutoko)

“Since we started working with the LRF, we have seen a lot of people registering property andreporting cases of human rights violations.” (Bindura Urban Community Development Trust Legal Officer)

“We sometimes conduct outreaches with the LRF and immediately after conducting the outreaches we record an increase in the number of abused people who report cases to the police.” (Assistant Inspector for the Victim Friendly Unit, Nyanga)

“We sometimes conduct outreaches with the LRF and immediately after conducting the outreaches we record an increase in the number of abused people who report cases to the police.” (Assistant Inspector for the Victim Friendly Unit, Nyanga)