Raise Awareness among Key Stakeholders
4. Participate in National Legal Aid Day rallies
The Government of Bangladesh celebrates National Legal Aid Day on April 28th every year to raise awareness of the government’s free legal services. Rallies, fairs, and events are generally held in each district. Stalls at fairs are generally occupied by representatives of human rights organizations as well as public and private legal aid providers.
Many DPOs already participate in events to commemorate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities and other disability-specific celebrations. In addition, by participating in Legal Aid Day observances DPOs can remind legal aid providers that persons with disabilities are important recipients. At Legal Aid Day events, DPOs can also raise awareness among other organizations participating in the event that the DRPA gives persons with disabilities specific rights that they can enforce through district committees or the courts. The experience of USAID’s EPD program is that DPOs’ participation in the Legal Aid Day rallies gave them important opportunities to network and build relationships with public and private legal aid providers. These relationships make it easier for DPOs to refer clients with disabilities to them and also to advocate on their behalf.
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