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Legal Literacy & Legal Awareness Programme

The Project “Access to Justice – North Eastern States and Jammu & Kashmir (A2J-NEJK)” is being implemented in eight North Eastern States - Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim and in the Union Territory of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. The project focuses on:

(i) Support national and local justice delivery institutions to improve Access to Justice and developed legal and representational capacities of disadvantaged groups, marginalized, poor and vulnerable sections of the society, particularly women, children, Schedules Castes and Scheduled Tribes etc.

(ii) Enhance Legal Awareness of women and men belonging to marginalized groups.

(iii) Develop strategies and initiatives that address the barriers they face in accessing justice in legal, social and economic domains.

A2J NEJK First Phase

First phase of the A2J-NEJK Project was implemented from 2012 to 2017 and through its Legal Literacy programme Project reached out to:

1. 20,672 PRI official trained on basic Laws/Legislations/Acts in collaboration with State Institute of Rural Development in 5 states- Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura & Meghalaya

2. 5156 PRIs officials, community people & Preraks provided legal literacy by State Resource Center of NLMA in Assam & Sikkim

3. 350 women of tribal organization as Resource Persons trained on legal literacy by State Women Commission, Meghalaya.

4. Legal awareness program on POCSO Act for 8000 college students in collaboration with SLSA Meghalaya.

5. 1400 Gaon Buras & Burhis sensitized on synergy between Tribal Justice System and Regular Justice System in collaboration with SLSA Meghalaya and Arunachal Pradesh

6. 575 stakeholders sensitized on Special initiative on Child Rights and Child Sexual Abuse in partnership with the Department of Psychiatry (DoP), Manipur

A2J NEJK Second Phase

Second phase of the Project started in 2017 and it will end in March 2021. The objective of the project is to create legal literacy, legal awareness and address the legal needs of the marginalized and vulnerable sections of the society like women, children, Scheduled Casts and Scheduled Tribes etc. Series of Legal Literacy programmes have been conducted in the Project implementation States. In last three years (2017-18 to 2020-21):

1. 4265 Legal Literacy / Legal Awareness programmes conducted and it directly reached out to 461411 beneficiaries

2. 830900 copies of simplified IEC materials disseminated on 69 laws in 26 languages/ dialects

3. Resource pool of 20672 local Master Trainers created including 6000 students

4. 1884 Village Chiefs trained and sensitized

5. 158 community level Legal Aid Clinics established