1. H.Dh. Kulhudhuffushi
During the Practical Legal Training (PLT) held in Kulhudhuffushi, a female participant was hesitant to read the questions off the papers during an activity. She was also not making use of her manual, and rather, chose to listen to the speakers. By the end of the second session, it was apparent that she was actually illiterate and had brought along a companion to read/write as required. The reason why she had chosen to participate was due to the fact that she was involved in an abusive marriage and as a consequence, was facing custody issues with which she required legal assistance. The participant, despite not knowing to read or write, joined the PLT pilot program to empower herself.
2. H.Dh. Nolhivaranfaru
During the Practical Legal Training in Nolhivaranfaru, one of the male participants was involved in a custody matter where his ex-wife was to remarry and the participant’s 4 year old daughter would be moving in with the ex-wife and her groom. Until the program, the participant was unaware that he was legally entitled to voice his dissent to such a decision regarding the welfare of his daughter. The program helped the participant realize that he could oppose the decision and have a say in where his daughter lived.
3. Gn. Fuvahmulah
During the Practical Legal Training in Fuvahmulah, participants were interested in learning about the administrative aspects of the registration of Maldivians’ marriages to foreigners, as there was a child born to a Fuvamulah local and a foreigner, who did not possess a birth certificate and a national identity card. The explanation of the rationale of the law served the participants quite well as they had a vested community interest in such a matter.