BarefootLaw, over the weekend emerged as the Best Facebook Page in Africa winning ‘Facebook Page of the Year’ at the inaugural Social Media Awards Africa that were held in Lagos, Nigeria on the 24th January 2015.
BarefootLaw is a Social enterprise dedicated towards leveraging Information Technology to improve access to legal services. It is an initiative fully funded and run on the resources and time of the members and volunteers involved in it. Our objective is the smart synthesis of Law and Technology to overcome some of the challenges currently faced in accessing Legal services in Uganda.
The Social Media Awards Africa (SMAA) were created to recognize and celebrate excellence and relativity in the use of social media tools and platforms by individuals and organizations across the continent.
Awarding 15 awards across 4 broad categories, the SMAA are seen as a genuine, timely intervention for promoting distinctive creativity, peerless innovation and pervasive developments on the African continent through the best use of social media platforms and the rest of the social web.
Speaking after receiving the Award on behalf of BarefootLaw, the Head of Digital Strategy and Content at BarefootLaw, Allan Zaramba says, “this is a true testament to the dedication of a small but very explosive team, who volunteer incredible hours to ensure that many Ugandans, in Uganda and in the diaspora can get free legal information and access services in the Justice, Law and Order Sector”.
He continues to add, “This award is dedicated to the thousands of individuals across Africa and especially Uganda who have no access to legal Aid or Justice and to Team BarefootLaw, the award represents our continued pledge to demystify the Law and continue giving access to Free Legal Services using Social Media, virtual counsel.”
Gerald Abila, the founder and MD at BarefootLaw opined that, “there are several great initiatives in Uganda that are harnessing technology for change, and going forward, we can only expect greater stories and impacts from Uganda. Technology has truly provided an opportunity to impact societies and for Africa – we are taking this opportunity seriously.”