Scottish Women’s Rights Centre

The Scottish Women’s Rights Centre (SWRC) works with women who have been affected by abuse and violence in Scotland with the aim of improving their access to justice and experience of the justice system.

The SWRC is an innovative collaborative project which brings together the expertise of JustRight Scotland with Rape Crisis Scotland and the University of Strathclyde Law Clinic.

We are informed by our direct work with victims/survivors of violence and abuse, and also seek to influence national policy, research and training to improve processes and systems to improve outcomes for women.

Go to Scottish Women’s Rights Centre website

What we do

We provide:

  • Free and confidential legal and advocacy helplines
  • Remote legal advice surgeries
  • Specialist legal representation and advocacy support
  • Policy work and research on a local, national and international level directly informed by the experiences of women contacting the SWRC
  • Legal guides and other information resources about women’s rights published online
  • Professional training for solicitors and support organisations working with victims/survivors of abuse

 

We are funded by:

Scottish Government logoScottish Legal Aid BoardJustice and Equality Fund


Resources

Pro Bono Week 2021 Launch Event (PDF)

The official launch of the 20th Pro Bono Week, recognising and supporting the voluntary contribution made by lawyers across the UK in giving free legal help to those in need. In this year of unprecedented challenges, for both the voluntary and legal sectors, pro bono legal help has never been more important.

The launch event will take place in person online, and will host a panel of speakers, exploring the past, present and future of pro bono.

We hope you can join us in person or online for what promises to be an fascinating evening.

18:00 Joining & networking

18:30 Welcome and panel session

The panel will be chaired by Toby Brown (chair of the Pro Bono Week organising committee), with the following panellists:

  • Yasmin Waljee OBE (exploring pro bono across the last twenty years). Yasmin is Partner, International Pro Bono at Hogan Lovells and co-lead of the Social Impact Practice.
  • Kirsty Thomson (exploring the current state of pro bono). Kirsty is Managing Partner/Director at JustRight Scotland, Scotland’s legal centre for justice and human rights.
  • Emma Rehal-Wilde (exploring the future of pro bono). Emma teaches law at LSBU and previously worked in pro bono management within the legal sector for 12 years before moving into academia.

19:30 Networking (in person)

20:00 End

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