Legal empowerment in two minutes - or two weeks
Dear Friends,

Here are two new chances to learn from each other in the pursuit of justice:
  • Join an in-person legal empowerment learning exchange focused on women's rights. We're accepting applications now.
  • Learn how network members in Kenya, the Philippines, and Jordan are using the upcoming Sustainable Development Goals to catalyze national action on access to justice.
  • A new short video about legal empowerment and our community.
  • The latest resources from across the network.

New Learning Exchange
now accepting applications
Network members recently hosted powerful learning exchanges in the Philippines and South Africa. Click here and here for photos and quotations from people who took part.

We are now accepting applications for a practical, hands-on women's rights learning exchange with the Bangladesh National Woman Lawyers' Association (BNWLA) for 2-3 weeks in late October. Participants will share strategies for combatting gender violence and empowering disadvantaged women. They will also develop plans to translate what they learn into practice. 

This is an unique opportunity. Please spread the word.
Contact Us and Apply by August 15
Sustainable Development Goals: Making Them Work
Thanks to advocacy by our community and many others, the new global development framework is likely to include "Goal 16," which makes a historic commitment to achieving access to justice for all.
In recent months network members have hosted National Justice Meetings in Kenya, Jordan, and the Philippines to discuss the implementation of Goal 16. The meetings led to concrete results.

In the Philippines, government agreed for the first time to make access to justice a pillar of the national development plan. In Kenya, parliamentarians agreed to recognize community paralegals in their new Human Rights Bill.

This new brief reflects on the experience.

We hope members will convene meetings like these in many more countries. Contact us to learn more.
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Legal Empowerment in Two Minutes
Looking for a quick and easy way to explain legal empowerment? Share this new animated film, which uses stories from Africa, South Asia, and Latin America to describe our movement.
New Resources
from the Global Network

This manual from the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic at Fordham Law School offers a step-by-step guide for community paralegals supporting survivors of sexual violence. Read more... 

This report by the American Bar Association shows how to assess access to justice, with particular focus on poverty and land disputes in Indonesia. Read more...

This piece by the International Land Coalition suggests improvements to the Village Land Use Planning Process in order to achieve sustainable rangeland management in Tanzania.
Read more... 

This compilation from the Southern Africa Litigation Centre collects articles from legal professionals in Botswana, Malawi and Zambia about using the courts to protect vulnerable people. Read more... 
To find more resources, meet other practitioners, and join community discussions online, visit the Global Legal Empowerment Network:
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Thank you for reading.

In solidarity,
Abby, Vivek, Michael, Stacey and the whole Namati team

P.S. Over 3,000 people, from 100 different countries, took part in the public vote for the Namati Justice Prize. Look out for the announcement of winners in September.

P.P.S. We received 425 applications for the legal empowerment leadership course. We will be getting back to applicants soon, and will find a way to provide virtual access to the course for those who can't come in person.

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