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Ilse Henar Foundation for Women’s Rights
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We offer our services to the community, which include legal aid and legal information to individuals, groups and organizations.  In addition, our foundation carries out scientific, legal research and lobby activities, very much in collaboration with partner organizations, in order to support the services on the one hand and to contribute to the amendment of the existing or introduction of new legislation.

• Legal advice and assistance: We offer legal assistance to the entire society, in particular to underprivileged women dealing with legal issues. They may change their situation or position, using our information, assistance and advice. Our office is open daily to the public, while legal advice is also being provided by phone. In order to increase the access to legal assistance we offer service by means of a mobile unit (vehicle) in some remote neighborhoods in Paramaribo and in the districts outside the capital. After having evaluated the pilot phase of our mobile legal assistance, we are now aimed at outreaching to more locations.

• Legal information: Through regular education on various laws, in particular those vital for a better position of women, we aim at creating awareness in the community about its rights. In this context we provide legal information through educational meetings and fairs to various target groups at various locations in and outside Paramaribo. We furthermore use mass media in order to reach a larger crowd, i.e. through newspaper publications, radio and TV productions, leaflets, brochures, etc.

• New laws, amendment of laws: Our foundation focuses specially on those laws and provisions which are prejudicial and discriminating to women. Currently, we carry out activities in the field of pension rights, sexual harassment at the workplace and the right to paid maternity leave. All activities aimed at legislative changes are based on research and studies.

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