Justice For All campaign launch + Grassroots Justice Prize ceremony! (20 Feb, 2018)

Happy World Social Justice Day!

Today is a big day for our legal empowerment community. We are announcing the Grassroots Justice Prize winners, officially launching our new global campaign, Justice For All, and will then #WalkTogether with The Elders and justice defenders from around the world to demand #JusticeForAll.

To learn more about #WalkTogether for #JusticeForAll, watch this great new video - it’s less than 2 minutes long.

We would love for you to join us today as we celebrate the work of grassroots justice defenders and shine a spotlight on the challenges they face. You can add your voice in the following ways.

  • Generate awareness and support by downloading a ‘Tip the Scales Towards #JusticeForAll’ video, gif, or image and select a post (or write your own!) to share on social media using the hashtags #WalkTogether for #JusticeForAll at www.walk-together.org/tipthescales/

  • Sign the Justice For All campaign pledge; stand with others from around the globe in calling on world leaders to increase funding and protections for grassroots justice defenders. Don’t forget to call on others to sign too! Share the link on Twitter using the hashtag #JusticeForAll and tagging @justice_2030

  • Celebrate the Grassroots Justice Prize ceremony in Buenos Aires! At 2:30pm EST / 7:30pm GMT, we willl join grassroots justice defenders from around the world to announce and honor the three winning organizations working to put the power of law in people’s hands. You can view the Facebook livestream (in mix of Spanish and English) from #WalkTogether’s page. You can also follow Namati on Twitter as we live tweet the event. The ceremony will be followed by the #WalkTogether to Congress.

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The big day has finally arrived! I can’t wait to join the ceremony in just a few hours. Congratulations to the winners. We are proud of you and can’t wait to see what you will do next. I am so inspired by all the nominees and filled with respect and admiration for your courage and dedication to improving the lives of people in your communities.

It is fitting and a thrill that we are announcing the prize winners and the new global campaign at the same time - not everyone can win the prize. But we can all follow their example and join the Justice For All movement. :seedling:

The new Justice For All campaign website is amazing!

Many thanks and appreciation to the hardworking team who worked so hard to organize this wonderful event and to launch this campaign.

@namati_staff

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In case you’re wondering, here’s the info from the facebook event page for the award ceremony. The event is going to be live streamed on #WalkTogether’s Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/WalkTogetherCampaign/) on Tuesday, February 20th at 2:30pm EST, 7:30pm GMT. Do join us if you can!

Grassroots Justice Prize Ceremony

The results are in! Join us online on World Social Justice Day as we announce and celebrate the three winners of the Grassroots Justice Prize.

The event will shine a light on the three ‘Sparks of Hope’ and the tremendous work they do to put the power of law in people’s hands. Mary Robinson and Hina Jilani of The Elders will present the awards and hold courageous conversations with the winners.

The Global Legal Empowerment Network will also be officially launching a global campaign during the ceremony. ‘Justice For All’ will advocate for increased funding and protections for grassroots justice defenders everywhere.

Join the live-streamed event on #WalkTogether’s Facebook Page (www.facebook.com/WalkTogetherCampaign/) on Tuesday, February 20th at 2:30pm EST, 7:30pm GMT.

A reminder will be sent to those who indicate they will attend.

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Lovely to recognize friends walking together right now for justice.

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The justice prize award ceremony is live right now on facebook - started a bit delayed. Join in if you can! :footprints:

@namati_staff

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Already watching :blush:

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Pretty amazing. It’s a joy to watch. The quality is surprisingly good - it feels like I am right there in the room.

this is very sad especially in kenya if half of the worlds population lives outside the protection of the law

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Hi Micah! Thanks for the reply. It is indeed sad to think that half the world’s population lives outside the protection of the law. This is the rallying cry of Namati and the Global Legal Empowerment Network, and we’re glad you are here to be a part of it. It’s simply unacceptable that this situation persists and we have to do something about it. And we can!

The #justiceforall campaign is a call for all of us who care about justice to come together and start a movement! The campaign website explains the problem in more detail - see below. I bolded the text explaining the core of the problem.

Peace. Democracy. Sustainable development. Equality.

To achieve each of these visions for a better world, we must be able to protect our basic rights and hold the powerful accountable. That is the purpose of law.

Yet the UN estimates that 4 billion people live outside the protection of the law: They do not understand it, cannot use it, and do not get to shape it. As a result, they can be driven from their land, intimidated by violence, and excluded from society. For them, injustice is the norm.

But change is within reach.

Justice defenders are bringing down barriers that prevent people and communities from accessing justice. Now, governments need to do their part.

In 2015, 193 countries agreed to make “access to justice for all” one of the goals for achieving sustainable development by 2030. This marked a huge shift in global thinking. But, the work of justice defenders remains chronically underfunded, and the defenders themselves are increasingly at risk.

We cannot let this continue.

We, the world’s justice defenders and citizens, call on world leaders to keep their promise, made at the United Nations, to ensure all people have equal access to justice. Only by funding and protecting grassroots justice defenders can we make justice, not injustice, the norm.

The moment is now. It is time to tip the scales towards #JusticeForAll.

Pledge your support and stand with others around the world.

You can sign the pledge at http://www.justiceforall2030.org. As a member of the network we’ll be sure to keep you apprised of campaign progress and opportunities to take action as we move along.

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Greetings from Buenos Aires. I was lucky enough to be in Argentina celebrating grassroots justice defenders and walking for Justice For All with local activists and world leaders. It’s pretty wonderful that two ex-Presidents, Mary Robinson and Ernesto Zedillo, have decided to spotlight the issues that are important to our network, to talk about the work we did and to celebrate the remarkable members of our network who are defending justice every day! You can read their words:

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It was awesome! Thank you for the opportunity to join this moment with Namati. If you have more photos, please, share it with me. Thank you!

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Yes, @tobiaseigen the moment is now, this is the statement of change to change the circle of injustice. Justice defenders are truly at risk, but with bold heart we can together change the injustice. Some time it may be only one person standing in front of injustice, as others fear the harassment and intimidation, a very hard task. Even when I was dehumanized, dragged on the ground, really tortured last week Wednesday the 13th day of February 2019, still I am standing to defend the law of the right of the child to free and compulsory education in Rivers State of Nigeria, to put a stop to this barbaric way of the teachers and it’s ministry. Though they have all the resources to promote injustice and extortion, I will use the bold heart to take action against injustice with little or no fund. But help is needed!

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