1. Learning from each other
While laws and institutions may look different across borders, we are stronger when we are able to learn from each other.
How would you help people fighting for justice learn from their peers around the world?
2. Catalyzing global collective action
How would you unite a global, diverse coalition to rise against environmental and social injustice?
Feel free to focus on a specific issue—gender equity, say, or the rights of communities affected by environmental harm—or propose a campaign that cuts across multiple urgent problems.
3. Equipping justice seekers everywhere
More and more, people from all walks of life are asking “what can I do to fight injustice?”
How would you inspire and support millions of justice seekers to tackle injustices?
Local communities and justice seekers to strongly advocate for the prioritization of community-investor negotiations within their dwelling spaces and in national legal frameworks. Community-investor negotiations go hand in hand with the provision of Social License to Operate (SLO), a concept that is oftentimes ignored by governments and the mining industry. As a first step and upon their success, these two actions should encourage the adoption and implementation of the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) - which is a global platform for accountability and good governance of oil, gas, and mineral extraction activities. In Tanzania for instance, EITI has been implemented and it requires (among many things) that all extractive companies publish their work contracts in EITI's portal so that they can be accessible to the mass public of Tanzanian citizens - truly a step in the right direction!
Grassroot communities are realizing their power and reaching forward for their basic human rights.
My proposal wants to look at coalition- and movement-building by taking a step back. In my view, it is about more than connecting individuals from movements with similar mandates or ideals across borders, but rather we must look across disciplines, across regions, and across ideologies.
While I have found that a comprehensive and global approach to these pressing issues allows us to use more creative advocacy strategies in practice -- utilising expertise and strategies from across the globe to reinforce and learn from other contexts -- this consistent and increasing use of transnational approaches and learnings has, over the last few years, to an extent harmonised approaches to advocacy within thematic disciplines.
Where established international coalitions have already allowed for some kind of advocacy strategy osmosis, I want to go further than this to solve the most pressing of global goals.
Instead, I suggest that we broaden our focus to look cross-issue at how we can learn from advocacy strategies. For example, rather than looking to create transnational coalitions of environmental rights groups, we should bring together environmental rights groups, migrants' rights groups, national security-focused organisations, gender justice groups, and other interested actors together to reach a common goal. Although each of these groups prioritise different aims as part of their mandates, there can be key common aims that unite these groups.
In addition to the transnational lesson learning and coalition building, creating transnational cross-issue support allows for a comprehensive, inclusive, and ultimately stronger movement.
Communities across the world are currently grappling with coming to terms with the realization of practical benefits from large-scale infrastructure projects situated in communal lands. There is an urgent need for natural resources management regimes to take a community centered approach on the one hand, and the strengthening of community actors to have agency in contributing to the project planning, implementation, and operation on the other. Traditionally, the approach of regimes in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) has been to attract foreign investment at the cost of community environmental and social rights. This has caused tension between project promoters and the communities living in the areas where their operations are based. This tension is fueled by forced relocations and resettlements for community that are often agrarian focused for their livelihoods. To improve the protection of environmental and social rights of project affected communities, there is a need to build a regional, and a cross-regional dialogue among the key community representative actors to increase knowledge sharing that can support affected communities facing similar environmental and social rights challenges. Learnings from Latin America, and Australia for example on how communities have strengthened their voices in engaging with large mining companies, will be useful for local communities in SSA. To build a movement of actors who are aware of the rights of project affected communities will contribute towards creating agency among community members, which in turn will contribute towards encouraging conflict-sensitive business approaches that can mitigate environmental and social impacts during the planning, implementation, and operation stages of projects. Projects are usually foreign funded and therefore subject to international performance standards that are linked to their funding requirements. Sharing knowledge on the local, regional, and international redress mechanisms available to affected communities becomes a useful tool where rights have been violated, or procedure is not appropriately followed. This allows communities to better advocate against environmental and social injustices. The coalition approach will also foster a regional macro-level understanding on how large-scale infrastructure investment projects interact with local populations and regional security dynamics.
In business, pain points are used to establish persistent or recurring problems (as with a product or service) that frequently inconveniences or annoys customers. Without knowing pain points, a business can never truly meet the needs of their prospective clients. So it is when tackling injustice in a community. In my years as a justice seeker, I have sometimes found myself stuck asking, 'What is my contribution in solving this problem?' I found that my contribution lay in the passions that I exuded in my daily living. The moment I identified my passions, I was quickly able to identify the key areas in which I could contribute with least resistance on my part saving me energy, time and money in tackling a compounded justice problem.
So what if we help justice seekers understand how their passion points can help tackle justice pain points in their communities?
This can be done by helping individuals understand their worldview and how their worldviews were shaped, identify their strengths and weaknesses, the current environments which they live in and the character that is needed to launch them out confidently to be change makers. The compounded effect of an agenda like this would be a wholistic individual who is confident, efficient and passionate about seeking justice regardless of their age, expertise or background. Accomplishing these goals would need passion toolkits to be developed, activity-challenges to participants, and experienced justice seekers sharing their stories to help them (participants) think out of the box and put together their own journey maps towards social change and impac
The fight against injustice is a noble but very difficult struggle. I don't think anyone can claim to be leading it alone and effectively. My idea is to create strong movements, coalitions at the community level to monitor, produce reports on injustice, carry out advocacy actions, also carry out legal actions. This can involve the training of para legals, the involvement of the representatives of the people ... The experiences from this work can then be shared with other justice activists around the world. We also learn better by experience!
The difficulty is that when justice does not work well and is plagued by corruption, influence peddling, interference of politicians, impunity will always reign supreme. At this point, movements and coalitions can seize regional bodies such as the African court on human and peoples' rights.
The case of my country the Democratic Republic of Congo is very illustrative: Justice is plagued by impunity and all national sectors have been paralyzed by this fact! The country is in chaos. Whether in the administration, the army, the judiciary, politics, the legislature ... many who have committed offenses, crimes and serious human rights violations have gone unpunished! The victims have tears under their eyes and remain inconsolable! In the meantime, the country is struggling to get back on its feet since all these people responsible for serious human rights violations, crimes and violations are in the circuit of power. I understand that justice is a great lever which can lead to development in all directions but also which can bring an entire nation to its knees if it is managed lightly!
Dear justice activists, our battle horse should also be the fight against impunity not only in my country the DRC but also everywhere.
Community Defined/Led Indicators!
How about we put justice seekers at the center of what we do? Moving beyond programmatic-led initiatives to community-driven initiatives for deeper impact? Moving from justice seekers as the source of information to working with together to have them generate information? One of the most powerful ways of building ownership and power is allowing and supporting communities to also define their own indicators (locally-defined indicators) for change they want to see and working together to generate powerful and participatory community led stories as these wins unfold. Supporting communities to process these outcomes, package them into inspiring stories of change and disseminate it out to the world through powerful communication tools such as media and campaigns has a ripple effect on both affected and non-affected communities - we will be a step closer towards building community momentum, sustainability and collective action.
Over two decades of Interventions, Peacebuilding and Stabilization strategies have been implemented in Somalia - but the country's fragility persists. System Design Thinking and Modelling, Research, Praxis, and Effective Altruism are some of the fundamental guiding tenets at CPCE. We continue to ask, "Why are there so few high-impact, evidence-based prioritizations that translate to formidable outcomes in Somalia, despite countless multisectoral, global, regional, and state-level interventions?"
We attempt to respond to this by understanding the deep-seated concerns (whether environmental or social injustices) held by Somalis at the lowest administration, localities, and contexts; analyzing the coordination of aid and donor support and its long-term impacts; and scrutinizing what other high impact cause areas are being overlooked. As a result, System Design Thinking and Modelling has been extremely beneficial to CPCE.
Design Thinking is the process of handling issues effectively. It is a non-linear, workaround approach with a human-centric core that seeks to understand the population for whom one is producing, to challenge assumptions, and to produce solutions that lead to improved services and changes in behavior and policy. The inquiry is, "What is the human need that is driving this?" Its five (non-sequential) principles are as follows: Empathize — with your target; Define — your insights and the requirements of your targets; Ideate — through questioning assumptions and proposing solutions; Prototype — to produce these solutions; and Test — to put the credible ideas to the test.
A holistic approach to perceiving things from a wide viewpoint of overarching tendencies and rhythms, rather than just discrete occurrences in a system, is what systems thinking implies. It investigates, "How are the elements of a system interlinked?" How do these constituents interact and engage with one another in complex processes? Reductionism is replaced by expansionism in systems thinking, and analysis by synthesis. Therefore, we propose a formidable coalition that promotes the use of System Design Thinking and Modelling as a toolkit for understanding deep-seated contextual concerns in every nook and cranny of our globe - in order to approach each granularity with highly impactful and sustainable solutions rather than assumptions and preconceived notions.
Across Africa, social injustice, socio-economic inequality has led to increasing breakdown of law and order, even as the political elites continue to perpetuate themselves in power. One of the key issues that have enabled these continue is absence of public participation in governance; even as the judiciary has eventually lost its voice and independence, while transparency and accountability of public officers continue to dwindle. As a social justice crusader, I propose the introduction of trial by Jury, which has been a huge success in the United States of America, European Union, warranting more Countries to adopt it.
The jury system, which would be introduced by legislation, a course I and my Organization, The Jury Justice and Rectitude Advocacy Initiative, Lagos Nigeria has began advocating with significant success to be for criminal and corruption cases, would guarantee citizens participation in the criminal adjudication process, which would increase the independence of the judiciary, increase citizens confidence in the justice system and cause the corrupt elites to be tried and face justice by their community.
This of course would de-escalate the tension in the land occasioned by the social injustice and impunity of political office holders; and cause citizens to be more compliant with the rule of law and shirk corrupt practices for fear of being put to public censure and community guilt. Several studies have also the jury system also has a positive effect on citizens responsiveness and responsibility to civic duty, cause increase in participation in election voting, and could increase citizens patriotism as well as fight injustice.
I hope that Nigeria and indeed, more African countries would be on encouraged to adopt trial by Jury especially for criminal and corruption cases; with legislative draft Bill's that address the minefields that may hamper its success; as the jury system offers increase citizens participation in governance and enables them to assert community values on the citizenry.
Nigeria needs to be supported to scale through the current hurdles to introduce trial by Jury, beginning with Federal courts then to State Courts.
Two years ago, a Task Force on Justice study reported that 5.1 billion people across the world were being failed by the justice system – for many reasons. The report stated that universal access to basic justice could save the global economy billions of dollars every year with lost income and stress-related illness due to seeking legal redress costing countries up to 3% of their GDP. Solutions that could redress this justice inequity are clearly socially, politically, and financially driven. But the financial cost could, at least in part, be balanced by the benefits.
The UN Sustainment Development Goal 16, “Peace, justice and strong institutions” is a political initiative that needs to be in place by 2030. It cannot be achieved without international political direction (currently via the UN) underwritten by national political and financial will – and strong support.
A key element of delivering justice in developed regions is using digital interview recorders that can be used virtually in any location so that individuals record their statements and/or give evidence that could be stored as a legal record pending accessing the justice system. This technology, easily transferable or adaptable to international justice systems should be made available as the first step towards accessing justice and reducing the appalling statistic quoted. The process of recording a statement as a witness or victim can be the bedrock on which justice is based and gives hope to individuals for their day in court.
It is easier said than done of course. But redressing the justice imbalance for such a vast population of the world has to start somewhere. Modern technology has a key part to play in making this happen. An evidentially viable video or audio recording, for example, can record and store evidence for use in a court of law. Political and judicial processes nationally may well have to be adapted to allow for this, but technology will drive this process towards a successful outcome and provide more justice for more people. Modern technology will help address accessing justice. And it can be delivered cost effectively.
The impacts of colonialism and slavery coupled with contemporary global geopolitical structure and financial globalisation all perpetuate injustices that seep through every fabricate of our societies. In the Caribbean region poverty and other psychosocial issues preserves non conducive development where social justices/facilities fall to the wayside. One of the things that must be improved in the region is access to justice and rights awareness within communities. Over the region it is safe to argue that children, whether those in conflict with the law, victims of crimes, or vulnerable for a plethora of reasons are not adequately provided for or treated to ensure their mental, emotional, and physical welfare that would allow them to contribute positively to their communities or within societies. With that in mind the idea for a regional NGO which take a grassroots approach to child protection and juvenile justice can legally empower communities and promote sustainable development. More specifically the Children’s Justice Centre would offer a holistic approach to child justice and protection. It will: 1) Offer a three-tier service to children in justice system using community paralegals and child support officers: legal advice, legal representation and legal information/awareness programmes – the idea here is to not just follow children who are already in conflict with the law but to enter into the communities in order to stir children away from crime and equipping the community in understanding and using the law to the extent that they are able to shape not just the law but outcomes. 2) Deepen the concept of rehabilitation through the offering of mind body skills aimed at healing trauma; and non-conventional/traditional education meant to foster innovation, nurture talent and that is set in an equity centred framework. Entering communities through schools, churches, sports etc and changing narratives long established off the plantations that maintained and normalised violence in all forms which include the control of women and children and the promotion of patriarchalism and patrimonialism; and underscoring the importance identity and equally the importance of inclusivity which ultimately dispels/rejects small island mentality.
The street connected families and more so children have continued to be unconsidered for majority of services by the duty bearers. There has been instances of arbitrary arrests, limited access to sexual, reproductive health services and commodities for adolescent girls and young women.
Through collaboration with other partners under Mombasa County Child Rights Network which i chair we have been able to mobilize and organize the street connected families to demand for their recognition in facilitating necessary state services.
More of them are securing identification documents like national identification cards which were an uphill task. They are now able to lead a meaningful and productive life as now they can secure employment and economic opportunities including accessing state affirmative credit services.
We have empowered men and boys to be champions of gender based violence equipping they with requisite knowledge and skills to stop all forms of violence. Equally we enhance the ability of women and girls to raise their voices around health budgeting and programing something that was a preserve of the legislators. We remain committed to seeing them secure education whether formal or vocational to reduce their exposure to irresponsible sexual behaviors.
We continue to work with and for the desolate members of our society, enhancing their capacity to hold their duty bearers to account for their action and secure a just society.
We are from the school of thought missed justice for anyone is lost justice for everyone.
Investing in People for Social and Economic Justice
My name is Prosper T Tiringindi, I am a citizen of Zimbabwe-born 34 years ago. studied Project Design Monitoring and Evaluation for my first diploma. I have a passion for social change activism that was ignited in my early years because of my background, especially as I come from a community that has suffered a long history of exclusion and marginalization in southern-eastern Zimbabwe.
Since 2008 I have been at the helm of the Zimbabwe National Student Union, an organization that is a conglomeration of tertiary students across Zimbabwe. It provides national student representation plus demand-driven solidarity and support to the student movement and human rights defenders in Zimbabwe. Its primary target group for its initiatives are student victims of human rights abuse in terms of the privatization of education and attack on academic freedoms, and it also strives for female participation in defence of democracy and human rights, as this has proved to be a major challenge for almost all mass movements in Zimbabwe.
The Masvingo Residents Forum has accorded me the opportunity to amplify the voices of many citizens whose rights have been violated. I would like to share strategies on how to build a strong social movement in the face of a repressive state.
In some parts of the world, such as the DRC, human rights defenders need to be better equipped to carry out their human rights protection activities in a competent and professional manner. In particular, capacity building in victim referrals and in bringing cases of mass violations of human rights and IHL to the attention of competent authorities. Millions of victims remain ignored, without access to justice or reparation. There is much to be done in this area.
i am advocate arnab kumar banerjee from india. i did pro bono work for the last 6 years. i have faced some difficulties while doing pro bono. the difficulty is that in india nobody pays for court work. advice is free but court work can never be free. but nobody will pay for these unfortunate people. lawyers used to pay for these people but this destroys lawyer's pocket and morality.
also i would like to point out that in india there is no financial support given to lawyer. government, bar, civil society, panel... nobody would like to pay the lawyers. lawyers has to py for these expenses out of their pocket.
and so i would like to create a fund that would crowdsource money from willing donors all over the worlds and lawyers will get reimbursed for their legal expenses from this fund.
According to current population projections, Bangladesh’s population is 166.3 M, making it one of the most populated countries in the world.Today, I would like to share my point of view on child justice system as an ordinary student and a resident of Bangladesh.One-third of the children of this country is living below the international poverty line and as a matter of fact, most of the children are deprived from the basic rights to education,balanced diet,health and nutrition,protection,sanitation and hygiene. Here, child exploitation and abuse is as common as the sunrise.Besides, juvenile delinquency is on the rise alarmingly. But, what are the reasons behind the constant rise of adolescent crime in this country?Simple, it’s the population growth which is causing social transition, poverty.And as a result, lack of finances,communication,social and moral training,parental control are increasing and the children are getting closer to crimes .Of course the children living in slums come from economically impoverished families and sometimes they are bound to share one room with as many as 10-15 people and it’s unbelievable.The children often get exposed to sexual activities too.Most importantly, the combination of law, ethics, morality and values is required for the protection and justice for the children.So, the laws that can help protect the children from discrimination, oppression, crime and violation of child rights should be enforced without delay.But actually, Bangladesh still has a lot to do in this area.While comprehensive laws dealing with issues such as procedures and correctional systems for child offenders are being called by new circumstances.Governmental commitment to fulfill protection rights includes social welfare policies, adequate budgets, public acknowledgment and ratification of international instruments.The stakeholders, the court, the family, the detention facilities and programs, and the community are responsible for the adoption of the new change.A sound child justice system fundamentally requires improved social services, specialized assistance, child-centered initiatives and committed personnel with requisite skills, knowledge and values. (Bangladesh Journal of Bioethics 2020; 11 (1): 35-43)
My name is Chikaodili Emmanuella Ezeonwu. I am a lawyer, a strategic human rights litigation, and a community-based paralegal trainer. presently, I am a staff attorney with the justice & empowerment initiative. My work involves community human rights education especially among the informal settlers, those who could have resources to hire or pay for legal services. I equally represent them in court, both in criminal defense and securing their land against forced eviction. Law is what keeps the society in shape, and should be thought to the people. Law should be brought closer to people if the universe wishes to have justice and enduring peace. It should be taught in the language of every community.
People living with Disabilities are experiencing climate change effects. However, our countries laws and climate change acts do not have them in mind. They not only want to be included in the conversation, but also participate in policy making and climate change talks.
ICCASA Africa is currently working and partnering with different organizations to create a platform for them. So far, we have created awareness among policy makers and researchers. Our next step is to revise the acts and translate all climate change documents to be friendly to the disabled.
Looking forward to share our data and ideas in this topic.
The 2010 Kenyan Constitution thrives on Public Participation as was evidenced by recent BBI judgement by the High Court of Kenya that was also upheld by the Court of Appeal: https://www.brookings.edu/blog/africa-in-focus/2021/08/19/is-the-bbi-ruling-a-sign-of-judicial-independence-in-kenya/. What is Key about these judgements is that they result from public interest litigation by ordinary citizens.
Prior to this, several significant PIL cases have been ruled in favour of the plaintiff and usually against the government of Kenya based on this constitution. However, these cases have been limited to a few by public defence NGOs such as Katiba Institute, the Law Society of Kenya and an individual activist Okiya Omtatah. These few institutions cannot even purport to dent the huge amount of injustices facing ordinary citizens all over the country and that are connected to issues of land and natural resource hedging by local, Western and Chinese elites.
There is need to devolve PIL cases to communities and have activists, social movements and CBOs engage in them on behalf of communities. My proposal is for the establishment of regional offices employing young lawyers from these communities ready to engage in PIL cases on behalf of their communities. As the effects of climate change worsen, there is likely to be more conflict between the ruling elite and communities. In Kenya we are seeing forceful eviction of communities from their land because of the natural resources present there. This recent report by the Oakland Institute aptly captures the situation in Northern Kenya: https://www.oaklandinstitute.org/stealth-game-community-conservancies-devastate-northern-kenya?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=meme&utm_campaign=NRT
We need to develop new jurisprudence to help communities fight back legally to secure their future. As communities engage in traditional advocacy efforts, strategic PIL can be an effective tool to compliment and ringfence their efforts especially with a resurgent and independent Kenyan Judiciary against a rogue anti-poor Kenyan state.
Corruption in Nigeria has its root in permissive culture. Behavior is our main problem. Religion provides the basis and language for ethical behavior in the country. This is more reason I fight corruption with Bible. Corruption is the root cause of poverty in Nigeria. I do what I do by creating compelling contents (videos & free prints) that can help raise awareness, reset mindsets, change attitudes and stir Christians and Churches in Nigeria to rise and help control corruption in Nigeria. Transparency International: described corruption as abuse of entrusted power for private gain. This behavior includes both legal and illegal behavior; it involves manipulation of policies, stealing from public funds, bribery etc. Corruption is the root cause of all injustice, all inequality, and all failures in ethics or integrity. There are over 100 million professing Christians in Nigeria. We need fellowship where Christians can be trained to be redemptive change agents in society. Corruption is an unethical issue; the situation in my country require serious ethical and collective approach. The church in Nigeria is actively involve in the politics of Nigeria.The church has no reason to be quiet about corruption. We need an anti-corruption academy in the country – A National Christian Fellowship established by the Christian Association of Nigeria (C.A.N). This Body represents the entire Church in the country . I want churches in Nigeria to begin to stand up against corruption.
Over time, Nigeria, my country has been bedeviled in my ethnoreligious issues that have crippled the rate of development. These problems stem from having wrong persons in the seat of power who would project ethnic and religious issues against national agenda that would better the aspirations of our country. From Independence till date, my country had many military rulership predominantly occupied by the Fulani and Hausa. Their agenda has rather been nepotistic, fraudulent and bifurcated in all dimensions, thus promoting polarization and marginalization of some tribes, especially the Easterners. Our agenda is to unite the country, Nigeria, using all strategic peaceful measure to recover and overtake all loss though bad leadership.
At Median Peace Foundation, we believe we can with all global supports
I present my experience through juvenile justice in Yemen. With the increase in the pace of the humanitarian crisis and war, we find great suffering in psychological, social and legal intervention to ensure the rights of the child.
We operate in a complex environment but ultimately benefit from the experiences of success. Registration and follow-up by tracing the root of the problem, then psychological intervention, activating popular justice, and communicating with stakeholders. This method saved us time and effort for the work we do.
The world systems are modeled on inspiring laws and policies for the benefit of the entire society. However, few individuals leading few corporates do block the paths of these systems to function for fully for the benefit of everyone. They divert the flow and system functions to suit their specific needs in specific times and use these to bring an imbalance to the full benefits of these systems to those not able to manipulate the laws and policies. Our world today needs brave advocates, community leaders and enlightened citizens to ensure that the world systems are not disrupted, that the people know how the system works and for whom it was designed. Common narratives that the system is not for us is a misinformation that has infiltrated every community because there has been illegal changes of particular system function and thus the community needs to identify this and make amends. the amends are better made through the existing laws and policies and the use of community voices in calling for timely amends of these illegal alterations in the system.
In kenya for example, and having been part of the deCOALonize campaign to stop the proposed coal investment in the Country, we were able to support the community to influence the system change through the use of existing laws and policies while also exerting pressure to the system through the mass voice.
Communities that have been neglected or harmed should have the power to direct investment in their wellbeing and flourishing, and to determine whether and how destructive activity (like deforestation, fossil fuel extraction, and polluting facilities) should be allowed in their neighborhoods.
If communities don’t have this basic power, we won’t achieve the just and fast transition we desperately need. Yet this principle is largely missing from our attempts to address climate change.
What if we developed a global campaign to turn this idea into a fundamental norm of environmental governance?
A campaign, for example, that would organize an unignorable global community of justice seekers to call on governments and businesses to protect the right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent for all who bear the brunt of environmental harm. Justice movements in different countries could access the wisdom of their peers—through platforms like the Legal Empowerment Network—to fight violations, push for local laws and meaningful resources, and bring the promise of FPIC to life.
Collective action will greatly have much effect on social justice and social inclusion to create developmental change.
To have a society that's a sense of togetherness to wining a just cause for me begins with a thorough education about a need to get involved in a kind of society to dream for where a great understanding of social justice is at the fingertip of all and is dry in a community but it all begins and ends with "Advocacy". Being a journalist and media consultant people are more comfortable in telling them how they contribute to change when they are empowered. Collective action will assist us all as social justice advocate when we are keen to include people in all programs.
Young people today are some of the most dedicated champions of environmental and climate justice.
Kathy Robinson, Justin Pearson, and Kizzy Jones co-founded Memphis Community Against Pollution and co-led the efforts to stop the reckless Byhalia Connection Pipeline from being built on their hometown already overburdened with environmental racism (shorturl.at/inuH6). A group of 7th graders in Ontario, Canada stood in solidarity for Indigenous rights, studied zoning processes, and helped protect a wetland from becoming an Amazon warehouse (https://www.wevideo.com/view/2229865867). Groups like Fridays for Future and Sunrise are calling for swift and transformative action on climate change. The list goes on.
What if hundreds of thousands of young people had the ability, support, and confidence to use laws and policies, so that they can win concrete solutions to environmental injustice where they live, and contribute to structure change efforts grounded in their lived experience? For example, groups like Namati could distill the key principles of legal empowerment and turn it into an inspiring educational material. Namati could partner with youth networks to promote such material, and create youth peer exchange opportunities for global solidarity and more advanced learning based on demands. Members of the Legal Empowerment Network could offer inspiration, mentorship, and models to those young leaders.
You believe in the power of law and the power of people. You use that power to fight for justice and win transformative changes. You are passionate about helping others to do the same.
For 10 years, Namati and the Legal Empowerment Network have brought together thousands of people like you. Today, we are ready to mobilize globally like never before in the face of unprecedented inequality, climate emergency, and threats to democracy.
How can we unleash our collective power and rise to the moment?
We are calling for bold and creative ideas from justice seekers everywhere, whether you’ve already been a part of our community or not. In early 2022, a group of justice leaders will identify powerful and timely ideas our community is ready to take on. We will celebrate those ideas in a public event and explore how we as a movement will bring them to life. Out of this campaign, we will also invite justice seekers to join the Namati team and deepen the global movement for justice together. Let’s get to work!
Namati advances social and environmental justice by building a movement of people who know, use, and shape the law. Alongside our partners, we support everyday citizens to squeeze justice out of even the most broken of systems. We convene the Legal Empowerment Network — members from over 170 countries who learn from one another and collaborate on common challenges.
We’re growing our global team of passionate justice seekers, united by a common mission and a strong culture. Join us.