Through the provision of free legal services, the Pro Bono Department focuses on the following:

 

Looking Out for Women

  • The Pro Bono Department contributed in a research project regarding sexual violence for Equality Now, an international organization that advocates for the human rights of women and girls, and the International Bar Association (IBA) to be presented at the UN Commission on the Status of Women in New York in October 2015;
  • Contributed to the Women, Business and the Law 2016 Report issued by the World Bank Group through research on laws and regulations influencing women’s capacities and decisions to participate in the workforce and start businesses. The research included labor laws, family laws, personal status laws, criminal laws;
  • Contributed again to the Women, Business and the Law 2016 Report issued by the World Bank Group through research on family laws and legislation governing birth registration.
  • Advised HarassMap, one of Egypt’s most brilliant initiatives on sexual harassment, in relation to legal incorporation and compliance;
  • Conducted a training session on the rights of female employees’ in the work place organized by the Egyptian Association for Educational Resources.

 

Safeguarding Children

  • Conducted a research on sexual abuse of minors under Egyptian Law for Touche Pas À Mon Enfant (a Moroccan NGO) to strengthen laws protecting young people against sexual abuse.
  • Advised on a habitual basis Samusocial International Egypte, a branch of a French NGO providing medical, psychological and educational services to street children. For this purpose, we advised the NGO on legal compliance and employment, on laws governing shelters, and on criminal and procedural liability of volunteers and doctors working in the mobile units.

Empowering Civil Society and Social Entrepreneurs Through Knowledge

  • Based on our firm belief in the saying that Knowledge is Power, the Pro Bono team focuses on making sure that players and activists in Egyptian civil society are empowered by knowledge of the legal environment in which they work. For this purpose, the pro bono department provides detailed legal advice on structuring, general corporate, employment and legal compliance to various local and international NGOs including Magrabi Foundation, Aswat Masriya (Thomson Reuters Foundation), Nahdet El Mahrousa, ICE Cairo, Al Maqarr Coworking Space, AMNESTY, Rise Egypt, Ashoka, AMERA, and Soliya Egypt.
  • The Pro Bono department is a member in the Trust Law Connect network, which connects pro bono legal service providers and non-profits and social entrepreneurs as well as Advocates for International Development.
  • The Pro Bono Department also conducted various training sessions organized by the Gerhart Center for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement at the AUC and by Nahdet El Mahroussa on how to choose the best legal structure for your enterprise and the rules and regulations governing NGOs and commercial companies.

 

Making the Law Accessible to All

  • The Pro Bono Department developed a free online database on various legal issues that interest the Egyptian low-income citizen as well as persons working in the public interest sector. The database includes sections on NGOS, small businesses and labour rights. It is in Arabic and is drafted in simple Q&A and How-to format. It is available on lawforall.info.

 

Publications & Research

  • Conducted two studies on Social Investment in Egypt and on the Legal Framework governing Social Investment and Social Enterprising for Brookings Institution, a Washington D.C. based think tank.
  • Authored the Chapter for Egypt in “Climate Change Legal Liability”, a book published by Cambridge University Press in 2012.
  • Conducted a study titled “Social Inclusion Of Traditional Waste Collectors In Cairo’s Waste
  • Management Contracts: A Legal Research for Argument Building For the Cairo & Giza Waste Collectors” for the benefit of CID Consulting and the Spirit of Youth Foundation.

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