Justice For All Coalition Calls - Get Involved

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Join the Global Legal Empowerment Network campaign team for a monthly Justice For All coalition call to connect with other individuals and organizations campaigning to advance funding and protection for grassroots justice defenders in their community.

These calls will take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at 10 AM EST and the following global times:

10:00 AM New York // 4:00 PM Brussels // 4:00 PM Cairo // 5:00 PM Addis Ababa // 9:00 PM Jakarta

Our next monthly coalition call will take place on Tuesday - 9 April, 2018:

Register for free here

What you can expect:

During these regular monthly meetings, you can expect to hear about what’s coming up at the global level, share examples of how you can get more involved, give updates on what’s happening at the national level, and ask questions directly to the campaign team and other grassroots campaigners.

  • Connect with other members campaigning to advance funding and protection for grassroots justice defenders
  • Share local Justice For All experiences
  • Learn about what’s happening at the global level
  • And more!

All are welcome and we look forward to seeing you there! These calls will be recorded so that those who will not be able to join live will be able to learn from each other and join the conversation. Join the discussion here.

Website: www.justiceforall2030.org | Twitter: @Justice_2030 #JusticeForAll | Facebook: @JusticeForAll2030


March 2019 Coalition Call Notes Global Campaign Updates

@staceycram Open Gov Week is a good moment to raise awareness about justice issues, especially if your country is involved in the OGP process. We will be using the hashtag #opengov. During this week we are trying to focus on increasing the number and diversity of partners, and using this time to reach out to communities you work with. The Justice for All Campaign is looking at the OpenGov platform as a way to increase financing as well.

The OGP Webinar coming up on Thursday, March 14th at 10 AM EST. This webinar will be a space to learn more about how Access to Justice has increased within the OGP framework, Coalition and the Global Legal Empowerment Network, with colleagues from Indonesia, Moldova and Argentina to talk about their experience.

You can register for the call here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/3686691472362751500

South Africa VNR Workshop @lorenzowakefield

Governments are going to be reporting on Sustainable Development Goal 16 in July in New York, and submitting Volunteer National Review reports. We have the opportunity to influence these reports to make sure that Access to Justice is featured in these reports.

The VNR workshop will be held on March 27-29 in South Africa. We are looking at seeing how Civil Society with access to justice can influence or contribute to the VNR reports from countries that are listed to present VNRS this year. The Mott Foundation will be supporting Civil Society Organization’s from selected Asian and African countries in a preparatory workshop to look at engagement on the VNR processes, see how inclusive has the drafting process been, and to agree on messaging that we want to elevate from Civil Society Organizations to the High Level Political Forum.

These countries are: Indonesia, Mongolia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Kenya, Malawi, and South Africa

If you are not able to attend the workshop but would like to be able to replicate the common messaging agreed upon during the workshop, please reach out to @lorenzowakefield, who can provide feedback for anyone who is interested.

World Justice Forum, Joel Martinez

The forum will take place April 29-May 2 in the Hague, Netherlands. The forum seeks to bring together a mix of participants from government, civil society, the private sector and donors to address pressing issues and orchestrate key messaging before the High Level Political Forum. The forum can be used as a platform to showcase the effective solutions being implemented around the world to address the justice gap. There will be a series of high level speakers as well as grassroots speakers to identify successful projects highlighting the justice gap.

You can find more information on the World Justice Project website, with details about the forum and more opportunities to get involved, contribute to working sessions and discuss problems and opportunities.

HLPF Storytelling Exercise @cocolammers

In addition to government commitments during the HLPF, we are excited about the opportunity for Civil Society organizations to show what works, and to demonstrate that they are already committed to this goal of Access to Justice and advancing these issues. We are working with a few other coalitions in the lead up to the HLPF to collect stories and commitments on CSO implementation of SDG16.

Feel free to reach out and share these stories with other members, and to collect and gather stories and commitments which can then be displayed at the event in July itself. These stories will be presented in digital form, through video and audio.

Other Announcements@staceycram

The deadline for the Grassroots Justice Prize has been extended to March 24th. Please apply, and encourage your partners to consider applying as well. This award offers 3 prizes of $10,000, and provides an opportunity to recognize small NGOs who aren’t typically eligible for larger grants.

Applications for a learning exchange in Guatemala are now open! The exchange has a focus on advocacy in the region. This opportunity is for members who speak Spanish and are based in Mexico and Central America. Please share with you colleauges, and apply!

The next call will take place Tuesday, April 9th at 10 am ET / 3 pm GMT. Register for free and invite others to join.

February 2019 Coalition Call Notes

Global Campaign Updates

@staceycram shared a global campaign update on the coming together of three significant moments during the Innovating Justice Forum and Justice Partners Forum that took place in The Hague, The Netherlands in early February. The theme of “Justice For All” was very present across these events and would be the title for the Pathfinders justice for report. During the events, the following exciting things happened:

  1. The first ever book on community paralegals (Community Paralegals in the Pursuit of Justice) was launched during the Innovating Justice Forum The Hague by three authors @vivekmaru, Jenny Franco, and @WardB. Watch the launch event.
  2. The 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize was launched, a biannual prize that celebrates great deeds in legal empowerment. Nominations are still open.
  3. The 3rd meeting of the Justice Task Force took place to finalize plans for an upcoming report on solutions to address the global justice gap.
  4. The Elders launched a new access to justice program, which calls for the support and protection of grassroots justice defenders and promotes legal empowerment as a key justice breakthrough.
  5. Ministers from 21 countries endorsed a The Hague Declaration on Equal Access to Justice, a shared commitment put people at the heart of justice programming through legal empowerment while respecting independence.

Updated Global Justice Gap Figure

  • @sarahlong from the World Justice Project gave an update on the new Measuring the Global Justice Gap report which estimates that there are 5.1 billion people globally with unmet justice needs. The exercise to produce the figure was done in collaboration with Pathfinders Justice Task Force. This updated figure was measured by synthesizing ten official data sources calculating the numbers of people who cannot attain justice for everyday problems; people who are vulnerable and excluded from opportunities the law provides; people who face extreme forms of injustice. The working paper outlines how the figure was arrived at and the data sources synthesized is available online at the world justice project website.

Looking Ahead

  • Voluntary National Review (VNR) process. 51 countries will be reporting on progress on the SDGs during the July High Level Political Forum (HLPF) by presenting VNR reports. This HLPF will be the first time SDG 16 is reviewed by governments. This is an important opportunity to ensure that the VNR reports include grassroots justice and legal empowerment.
    • Action: advocate to your government to ensure that the VNR process consults civil society and call for the inclusion of grassroots justice and legal empowerment. If you are interested in engaging with the VNR process in your country, let the Justice For All team know.
    • Regional meetings
    • Mott Foundation and OSJI are bringing partner from South Africa, Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Indonesia and Philippines in Cape Town South Africa working to develop strategies for the promotion of legal empowerment in national VNR processes.
  • Open Government Partnership (OGP). The OGP has taken up access to justice as a key theme. 40+ countries are writing their new open government National Action Plans this year, an opportunity to get justice commitments. Indonesia, through their NAP, agreed to fund civil society mechanisms on legal empowerment. Macedonia included a comprehensive legal empowerment strategy for the justice sector in their NAP. The next OGP Summit is taking place in May 2019 in Ottawa, Canada.
    • Action: Join upcoming Justice For All webinar on OGP and The Year of Justice and hear from country colleagues on utilizing the OGP

One Year of Justice For All

February 20, 2019 marked one year since the Justice For All campaign was launched. A few highlights from the past year:

  • Justice For All campaign launched alongside the Elders and ACIJ with a public walk for justice for all in Buenos Aires Argentina, featured Minister of Justice and the VP of Argentina
  • Justice For All sent representatives to talk about grassroots justice and legal empowerment issues to global spaces and policy fora.
  • A group of 6 ministers of justices committed to starting a justice working group within Open Government Partnership who then took a picture together all wearing Justice For All stickers as a moment of solidarity and presents an opportunity for follow up.
  • A dozen Justice For All events took place around the world during the 10 Weeks of Action to garner petition. signatures. Currently there are 1,000+ signatures. Let’s keep the momentum going.
  • Latin America regional group worked to launch the Escazu Agreement, the world’s first ever binding human rights treaty for the protection of environmental justice defenders. Ratified in September by over 15 countries having needed at least 11 to move forward
  • A few weeks ago, the 3rd Task Force meeting took place, fed into Justice Task Force report, and the Elders launched their new strategy, which specifically includes grassroots justice and legal empowerment
  • Justice For All is a brand, a theme, a uniting message for our community and beyond
    • Action: Sign the petition and spread the word about Justice For All campaign throughout the rest of the year.

Community Updates & Discussions

  • Discussion around whether or not the Global Justice Gap data track the level of investment in access to justice over the past decade? This particular exercise did not track levels of investment but an additional work stream of the Task Force on Justice is focused on the case for investment, something the World Bank is also interested in tracking. ODI and University of Ottawa recently published a report that global aid to justice sector has decreased by 40% in the last 4 years.

  • Opportunities to engage on women’s rights and legal empowerment issues during the Commission on Status of Women (CSW) in March. Landesa to host an event on 25 March and launch new campaign.

  • Columbia Institute on Sustainable Investment conducting research on land grabs and land-based investments. First paper to be launched at World Bank Land and Poverty Conference on 27 March. Plan to turn report into advocacy campaign.

  • Discussion around curriculum development for legal empowerment work in Kenya to be recognized by governments.

August 2018 Coalition Call Notes

August 2018 Coalition Call Notes

Global Campaign Updates:

  • 10 Weeks of Action: This year marks the 10th anniversary of “Making the Law Work for Everyone,” the report that first quantified the legal empowerment gap of four billion people excluded from access to justice. The report was written by The Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor (CLEP), established by UNDP as the first global initiative to focus on the link between exclusion, poverty, and the law.

  • 10 Days of Action: At the end of the 10 Weeks of action, to celebrate this landmark moment, the campaign will be launching a 10 Days of Action to 1) spotlight the work of our community over the last decade and 2) highlight the existing gaps around financing and protection for grassroots justice defenders. Coalition members are encouraged to host a national Justice For All event with government and civil society to discuss the need to finance and protect grassroots justice defenders.

  • Readout from the 2018 OGP Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia: Justice For All had a great presence at the Summit, attendees word justice for all stickers, coalition and contingent on how to push for more A2J commitments into the OGP NAPs, how can this be more of a tool for grassroots organizations. New resource produced by OGP and a few different partners on how to get a good commitment on A2J and legal empowerment.

  • Escazu Agreement: In the Latin America region, Amnesty International, The Global Legal Empowerment Network, TAI, and CIVICUS, and Human Rights Watch are working together advance the Escazu Agreement, the first ever binding agreement to help protect environmental justice defenders in the region. The agreement opens for for state signatures on September 27th during UNGA 73, alongside an event to celebrate the opening and some members are organizing activities at national level to advocate before their states. Learn more.

  • UNGA 73: This September marks the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 73). Alongside the celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor, there are three exciting things happening: 1) there will be a high level meeting with governments, civil society and the private sector to push for new commitments on access to justice; 2) a donor convening bringing together the philanthropic community to bring new funding to the sector; and 3) NGC meeting.

Highlights from Coalition Members:

  • Readout from the Justice Task Force: In early July, an OECD roundtable in Latvia, the OGP Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia. It is clear that the network of justice supporters is growing around the world. In October, the SDG+16 Forum Annual Showcase and Task Force on Justice meeting will be taking place in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Network members are welcome to apply to attend the Annual Showcase. Third and final meeting of Justice Task Force will be held in the Hague in early 2019. Plans are underway to organize a consultation of everyone who wants to contribute experiences from their national level to be taken into account by the Task Force on Justice. Read more in @maaikedelangen’s latest article.

Ways to Get Involved This Month:

  • Ten Signature Challenge: Help us reach a goal of 100,000 signatures by signing the Justice For All petition and encouraging ten more justice defenders to sign the petition!

  • Share content from the 10 Weeks of Action! If you are interested in contributing content (e.g. blog posts, articles, images), please reply below and we will be in touch.

  • Host an event during the 10 Days of Action with government and civil society to discuss ways to prioritize financing and protection for grassroots justice defenders in your community. Please contact @cocolammers directly for more information.

  • Stay tuned on ways to get involved in UNGA 73 activities.

July 2018 Coalition Call Notes

Global Campaign Updates:

  • Ten Weeks of Action: This year marks the 10th anniversary of “Making the Law Work for Everyone,” the report that first quantified the legal empowerment gap of four billion people excluded from access to justice. The report was written by The Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor (CLEP), established by UNDP as the first global initiative to focus on the link between exclusion, poverty, and the law. To celebrate this landmark moment, the campaign will be launching a 10 Weeks of Action to 1) spotlight the work of our community over the last decade and 2) highlight the existing gaps around financing and protection for grassroots justice defenders. Below are some of the details:

    • The 10 Weeks of Action kicks off during Nelson Mandela’s Centenary Celebrations (July 18) and will culminate around the 10th anniversary of the CLEP (September 25).

    • Each week will spotlight a different theme which impacts access to justice, beginning with the economic case for investment in access to justice.

  • The campaign will be attending and engaging with partner organizations at the 5th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia, (July 17-19) and the High-level Political Forum at the United Nations in New York from (July 9-18). More details on our planned activities can be found below in the June 2018 Coalition Call Notes.

  • July 18, 2018 marks Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday celebration. The campaign has partnered with The Elders to pay special attention to the key issues of peace, health, equality, and justice. To help commemorate Mandela’s legacy, the campaign hosted a local #WalkTogether for #JusticeForAll in Washington, DC. Read about it here.

Highlights from Coalition Members:

  • Violence continues to be an issue, both for grassroots justice defenders as well as local government officials, according to coalition members from Nigeria and the Philippines. We were reminded of the vital importance of the need for increased protection on the ground.

  • In Nigeria, grassroots groups have begun focusing their efforts into a national level campaign.

  • The official recognition of paralegals has been a positive surprise in South Africa, demonstrating a political will to support access to justice for all. The next step is to develop stronger legal mechanisms to hold actors accountable in practice.

  • Encouraging progress in Tanzania, with efforts underway for a landmark government corruption case and the growth of legal hubs around the country that have brought communities, government, and companies together.

Ways to Get Involved This Month:

  • Ten Signature Challenge: Help us reach a goal of 100,000 signatures by signing the Justice For All petition and encouraging ten more justice defenders to sign the petition!

  • Share content from the 10 Weeks of Action! If you are interested in contributing content (e.g. blog posts, articles, images), please reply below and we will be in touch.

  • Host a Walk Together for Justice For All in July. Instructions provided here.

June 2018 Coalition Call Notes

Global Campaign Updates:

  • The 5th Open Government Partnership (OGP) Global Summit will be taking place in Tbilisi, Georgia, on July 17-19, 2018. Register here. The Global Legal Empowerment Network will be calling for increased funding and protection for grassroots justice defenders by securing new justice commitments in revised OGP National Action Plans. In case you missed it, a recent webinar on Access to Justice and the OGP can be accessed here.

  • The High-level Political Forum is taking place from July 9th to 18th at the United Nations in New York. While Sustainable Development Goal 16 will not be reviewed in depth this year, it is scheduled to be highlighted in 2019. We plan to attend and engage with partner organizations to generate momentum for next year’s conversations and reporting. If your country is submitting a Voluntary National Review report this year, it’s not too late to meet with your government contacts to ensure that access to justice is included in its report.

  • Since 2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the report by the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor (CLEP) and Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday, we have partnered with The Elders to Walk Together for Justice For All. We encourage everyone host their own walks for justice for all in the coming weeks!

Highlights from Coalition Members:

  • The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has called on countries to sign the EscazĂş Agreement, the first regional environmental treaty within the region and the first with binding provisions on environmental justice defenders. It will open for signatures in September during the UN General Assembly in New York this September.

  • A new government-funded legal education program was recently announced in Mongolia. The government is also working on their OGP National Action Plan, and efforts are underway to include this legal empowerment efforts as an access to justice commitment in it.

  • Progress in Sierra Leone has been slow due to a change in government, but leaders of the new government have made several unofficial commitments to justice.

  • Through a network of regional experts throughout Asia, Taiwanese lawyers and NGOs are receiving training on refugee status determination.

  • Based on feedback from its grantees, Open Society Foundation will be focusing on providing support for grantmakers and grantees around the topics of human-centered design, technology, and innovative financing through the Shared Framework.

Ways to Get Involved This Month:

  • Register to attend the OGP Global Summit.

  • Learn how you can engage the OGP National Action Plan process.

  • Host a Walk Together for Justice For All in July. Instructions provided here.

  • Sign the Declaration of Villa Inflamable for Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment for All.

Do you have any additional updates to share? We encourage all network members interested in connecting on the Justice For All campaign to join our next call and continue the conversation below. Hope to speak to many of you then!

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2018 OGP Global Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia
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(Coco Lammers) #3

@namati_clp @namati_citizenship @namati_myanmar - we hope you can join us!

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(Coco Lammers) #4

It’s not too late to sign up to join the Justice For All monthly coalition calls, beginning tomorrow. We hope to see you there!

Register for free here

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(Coco Lammers) #7

In case you missed it, updates from the August Monthly Coalition Call have been added to the post. Thank you to those of you for joining in on the conversation.

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(Mohamed Abass Sankoh) #8

Many thanks for that message.

Best regards.

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(Coco Lammers) #10

It’s not too late to sign up for tomorrow’s coalition call here - we hope to see you there!

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(Tobias Eigen) #13

Question received via helpdesk email:

THANKS SIR.

WHAT ARE THE ORGANIZATION PLANS PLEASE TO MAKE SURE JUSTICE WILL BE FOR ALL BY YEAR 2030?

HOPE THE ORGANIZATION WILL OPEN LEGAL EMPOWERMENT CENTERS IN GLOBAL COUNTRIES (EVERY COUNTRIES) TO EMPOWERED PEOPLE LEGALLY REGARDING JUSTICE MATTERS?

I WILL BE GRATEFUL PLEASE TO SEE THAT ALL AFRICAN COUNTRIES HAVE YOUR BRANCH OF LEGAL EMPOWERMENT CENTERS.

THANKS.

FALAYE RUFUS OLAKITAN.

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(Coco Lammers) #14

The November coalition all will take place on Tuesday, November 13 during the following times:

10:00 AM New York // 4:00 PM Brussels // 4:00 PM Cairo // 5:00 PM Addis Ababa // 9:00 PM Jakarta

Register for free here

We hope to see you there! :slight_smile:

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(Coco Lammers) #17

The November coalition call will take place in 30 minutes - we hope to see you there!

Register

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(Coco Lammers) #18

Hi all - the next monthly Justice For All coalition call monthly coalition call is taking place tomorrow, Tuesday 11 December, at 10 AM EST. We hope to see you there!

Register

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(Mohammed Aman) #19

2018 has seen tremendous gains in the Campaign with highlights such as the elders walk, ten weeks of action including the UNGA

The next monthly justice for all coalition call is later today Tuesday (11th December) 10.00am EST. As this is the last month in winding down the year. It presents another unique opportunity to reflect on 2018 (the exciting milestones and global initiatives) and the year ahead focussing on global, regional and national agendas in the campaign including the High Level Political Forum slated for July 2019 in New York while preparing countries to engage in the Sustainable Development Goal process

We would also like to hear from you about what you did in regard to the Anti-corruption day on the 9th of December and the World Human rights Day on December 10th

Join us later today by registering here for the call and continue shaping our campaign in 2019

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(ZAN KONATE) #20

Du courage et nous soutenons ce programme !

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(Coco Lammers) #21

Join Justice For All for the February coalition call meeting on Tuesday 19 February 2019 at 10 am EST. We will be joined by other experts on some upcoming opportunities on engaging with the SDG VNR and OGP processes.

We hope to see you there! Please mention any other community members who might be interested in joining with an @NAME.

RSVP here

@madelinegunderson @MohammedAman

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(Gostin Kyubwa) #22

Hello colleague, can we join you even when speaking in French, we have many challenges to face human rights abusers in Eastern DRC, but we are still active to see if we can eradicate some challenges in the end of good respect for human rights by doing the legal empowerment campaigns, we are always together and make sure to help us mobilize the fund to help us to clear the right humais we are always at the looking for him who can support us in the small humanitarian activities we are doing in eastern DRC

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(Coco Lammers) #23

Thank you @GostinKyubwa - you are more than welcome to join the calls and we hope you will share your experiences in DRC. At this stage, the calls are available in English, but please feel free to post any follow up questions or comments in your language in this post and we will do our best to address them during and after the call.

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(Mohammed Aman) #24

Hey all,

Looking forward to seeing you in a few minutes…

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(Lorenzo Wakefield) #28

Thank you for these comprehensive call notes. Some small clarifications on the VNR Workshop in SA. The workshop is completely full right now and we cannot accommodate more participants in person. I’d be happy to provide feedback from this workshop. The workshop is supported by both the Open Society Justice Initiative and the Mott Foundation. :slight_smile:

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(Ali Hassan) #29

Thanks for sharing. Justice for all

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(Coco Lammers) #30

Dear all, we hope to see you at the April coalition call, beginning in 45 minutes. It’s not too late to register here.

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