In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, grassroots justice defenders have adapted their work to continue supporting their communities and clients, both in a humanitarian capacity and before the increasing injustices and inequalities that this context has created and unveiled.
In order to better support them, the Legal Empowerment Network launched the COVID-19 Justice Challenge, where we asked Network members about the challenges they were facing, how they were adapting, and what support they would need. Over 90 groups from more than 30 countries took part in it.
The COVID-19 Justice Challenge results are a valuable tool
- To learn from how other organizations are adapting, and to find inspiration and ideas for their work.
- To actively advocate for greater resources and support for grassroots justice defenders.
View the full COVID-19 Justice Challenge results and analysis here: COVID-19 Justice Challenge Results.pdf (800 KB)
Here are three big key takeaways
Despite challenges and difficulties, grassroots groups have managed to continue supporting their communities by adapting their ways of working
91% of respondents have been able to continue supporting communities by adjusting their ways of working
They have mainly shifted their focus, innovation, and adaptation in response to COVID-19 to the following areas: a) advocacy work; b) humanitarian emergency & response; c) data collection, monitoring and reporting about the situation on the ground as regards to COVID-19 and human rights violations; d) awareness raising and fighting misinformation; e) remote client follow-up, legal assistance, paralegal training.
Mainly, grassroots groups are facing remote working challenges such as how to deliver services in a remote capacity, lack of computers, electricity and internet, challenges posed by the digital divide, etc. and financial challenges due to the impossibility to implement planned activities, difficulties to re-adjust working plans, and increased expenses in transitioning to working from home, among others.
There is a lot to learn from their experiences
- Check slides 16-19 to find specific ideas for responding to the needs and challenges related to Covid-19.
- Check slides 21-30 to find brief case studies on how other Network members have adapted and responded to the current context.
Grassroots organizations need more support
- 78% of respondents have ideas or initiatives in mind to better support communities but cannot implement them due to lack of resources, support or skills.
Download the COVID-19 Justice Challenge results here: COVID-19 Justice Challenge Results.pdf (800 KB)
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