Discussion Highlights
December 3, 2015
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The Global Legal Empowerment Network brings people together to share and develop ways to advance justice. We are dedicated to learning across regions, across cultures, and across disciplines. 


As community discussions pick up speed, you don't have to miss out on the action. From now on, look in your inbox on the first Thursday of every month for a summary of popular topics, campaigns and opportunities from around the world. Scroll down to see highlights from last month! 

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Tobias Eigen
Community Builder

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Indigenous peoples across the world are using national, regional and international law to fight against the takeover of their lands. But what are the risks and advantages associated with going to court?

LandMark is a new online mapping platform that provides critical information on the collective land and natural resource rights of Indigenous Peoples and local communities around the world. The interactive, global map is designed to increase the visibility of indigenous and community lands, act as a tool for asserting customary and indigenous territories, and present crucial information on the state of land rights.

Do you support the #LandRightsNow campaign? Join Namati in support of the Global Call for Action on indigenous and community land protection.

"Grabber" doesn't really seem right to use in formal publications! Would appreciate other suggestions for how we can refer to the responsible party in a land grab.

In March the UN Statistical Commission set up the Interagency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) to lead on the development of indicators for the new goals.Last week, the IAEG met for the second time in Bangkok, and the members reached general agreement on 159 of the more than 200 draft indicators for the SDGs. They have color coded the list of draft indicators, marking those on which they reached general agreement green, and those which need additional work grey . This list is available in the documents section of the IAEG-SDGs web page for the Bangkok meeting here. You can also see the statements that we made as civil society on Goal 16 (Peace, Justice and Governance) and Goal 1 (End Poverty and Hunger). I will write a separate post on the overall experience of the meeting shortly.

This link takes you to a story and picture gallery about the amazing work of Namati's partner, the Nubian Rights Forum, in Kibera, Kenya.

One of the common objectives of the citizenship paralegal projects in Kenya and Bangladesh is data collection for National level advocacy. In my opinion, paralegal models should have a wider objective, as much as the paralegals may assist clients in their application for different documents or to obtain services like in the health paralegal projects, the ultimate goal should be documenting the different bad practices that can later be used to generate policy briefs. The paralegal project managers should think of how the findings in the data collected could inform the asks to the national government and how the experience of a client could inform change of practice at the national level.

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been speaking to several network members whose organizations are working on issues related to legal empowerment. They all seem excited to do webinars on various topics of interest. See the names and summary of their work below. This is a good offer from our friends! But I’d also like to encourage everyone to post your own suggested topics or speaker (if any) by replying to this post with the topic. We will endeavor to find someone that suits your interest. 

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