New member introductions (3 May to 16 May, 2018)

James holds a B.sc in Biochemistry from The College of Basic Medical Sciences, Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Shagamu, Ogun-State, Nigeria. A Human Rights advocate for the PWIDs and LGBTI Community in Lagos and South-West Nigeria since 2009 till present. A Fellow of the International Harm Reduction Academy from Alliance UKRAINE in Eastern Europe. Also, an astute advocate of Good Participatory Practice (GPP) in human right researches in Nigeria.

I am joining the network to learn more about:

  • Legal empowerment strategies in relation to injustices.
  • Paralegals support literacy available for affected communities to document and report violations.
  • Advocacy skills in scaling tangled bureaucracies, and challenging discriminatory systems.
  • Improving target community understanding about laws, policy and conventions.
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Maxwell Atuhura is Executive Director Buliisa Youth Volunteers a Lawyer by profession good at Legal Counseling,Mediation,Legal drafting.By joining Network i will increase expertize in By- Laws drafting as regard Community Land Protection in Buliisa uganda’s Oil Rich Area.

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Kondwani Banda is a projector coordinator and a paralegal officer for Sex Workers project at Center for Human Rights, Advice and Assistance and he has been working with CHREAA for three years and he is experienced in the field of a Paralegal. His day to day work involves in promoting Access to Justice like going to prisons, police cells and courts through paralegal aid clinics, advising and also he does lots of advocacy, awareness and he also conduct lots of community sensitization, he is also involved in legal empowerment at the same time he does legal literacy. He is a human rights defender and very in love with his line of work. He is a holder of Associate Degree in Legal Studies and a Graduate Diploma in the same and currently in the final year or fourth year student doing Bachelor Degree in Business Administration at Malawi Institute of Management (MIM). Currently he lives in Blantyre, Malawi.

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Nemence Iriya is a leadership and governance specialist who is trained in Governance and leadership development from Jomo Kenyata University, Kenya. He poses a basic degree in rural Agriculture from Sokoine University in Tanzania and worked as a development and Governance specialist for the past ten years. He has experience of working as a human right, leadership and governance specialist for various organizations in Tanzania.

He has been exposed to various national and international policies with a strong capability of handling governance tasks including attendance to various special trainings including the Centre for Social Accountability in RSA and World Bank Institute.

By joining the network I will enhance my legal and human right skills, knowledge and experience and provide the same to others through learning, sharing and capacity building.

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Polycarp is a social scientist with extensive and availed experience in management of community based research and relief, health development and community education and promotion within Kenya from a right based approach. He has hands experience of working with communities at grass root level with proven skills and knowledge or organization development and capacity building within the society. Strong grounding in peer education, Research counseling and Advocacy experience has formed the foundation for the past and more recent health, HIV/AIDS,Pychological Counseling, Drugs and substance abuse prevention and also peer counselling focused consultancy mission including first Aids activities, blood donor mobilization and also, motivational and leadership excellence.

I am the executive Director of an Msm led organization in western kenya which works on human rights and Advocacy issues which forms my major interest of wanting to be part of this team which will help advance my Advocacy.

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Passion for the law with urge to see justice in society. Zealous desire to learn from each and everyone taste much as I can learn and open to any tasks or opportunities presented to me

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Je suis juriste communautaire depuis décembre 2015 au Centre pour l’Environnement et le Développement, une ONG camerounaise qui pour la défense des droits des communautés locales et autochtones.

Au quotidien j’accompagne juridiquement les communautés locales et autochtones et les organisations locales qui font dans la défense de leurs droits. Mon accompagnement a pour but de désacraliser le droit, de le simplifier au maximum afin de le rendre accessible à toutes les couches sociales.

j’espère apprendre des expériences des différents membres de forum et participer à la construction d’idée nouvelle pour un meilleur.

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I have been working at Transparency Maldives since 2013 as a Senior Project Coordinator at its Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC). The Centre provides free legal advice and assistance to victims and witnesses of corruption, human rights violations and to migrant workers. ALAC, in addition to free legal consultation, also conducts outreach programs to create public awareness about the detrimental effects of corruption, and undertakes advocacy for broader reform.

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I am the Director of The Rethinking Bretton Woods Project at Center of Concern in Washington DC and have worked for many years advocating for policy and governance reforms at the World Bank ad IMF. Previously, I worked for the international development NGO, ActionAid, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and taught Global Studies at California State University, Monterey Bay. Currently, The Rethinking Bretton Woods Project is deveoping a multi-country education and advocacy project to address the use of immunity under international law by the World Bank and other MDBs.

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Mr. Ke Dararoth has more than ten year experience of developmental work in education, human rights and democracy, good governance and legal assistance in Cambodia. Dararoth gained his knowledge and skills through different full-time positions such as the National Legal Officer with the Raoul Wallenberg Institute (RWI), Save the Children International and Catholic Relief Services (CRS). His resume also includes four years as the Program Manager with the U.S. Peace Corps in Cambodia, the Project Assistance with Cambodian Defenders Project (CDP) and three years as the Translator/Interpreter with the World Bank.

Mr. Ke Dararoth holds two degrees (Bachelor Degree of Education in English Literature and Master Degree of Law). He is also a certified teacher of English with the pedagogical certificate for secondary schools in Cambodia. He is looking forward to sharing his experiences and gaining new skills within the networks.

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I am the Founding Partner of ImpactCurve Global Consulting, a development and fundraising consulting firm based in Bangkok, Thailand that serves non-profit organizations, NGOs, social enterprises, and cause focused ventures world-wide. Before launching ICG in 2013, I worked in the nonprofit development field as a grantwriter and major gift officer to a number of organizations, both large and small. In my career, I have helped to secure over $12 million dollars to help cause-focused groups make a difference, fight for justice, and change lives.

I joined movement for legal empowerment because I believe that justice systems are an essential tool in creating an equitable future for the world’s most vulnerable, disadvantaged, and at-risk people, animals, and environments. However, those who need it most are often least able to access it, and that needs to change. I want to be a part of the movement that helps fulfill the vision of justice for everyone.

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I work with CIAM Panama (The Environmental Advocacy Center), a unique organization in Panama dedicated exclusively to the legal defense of the environment.

We are looking to exchange information about the work and strategies similar organizations have taken to tackle similar issues. We seek to know, and network with others and be recognized at an international level.

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I am a PHD in sociology, a specialist in gender relations and a teacher-researcher in Senegal. I am in charge of coordinating the action research project “Promoting inclusive land governance by improving women’s land rights in Senegal”.

This project is executed for nitiative Prospective Agricole Rurale.

My main aim is to share with other projects experiences and good practices to improve access and control of women on land in Senegal.

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Armelle OLINGA is a community legal field worker, interested in communities rights in natural resources governance. She has studied international disputes, and is working in the field to see good international norms implemented at the local level and to optimise them. She’s interested and engaged in communities especially indigeonous people land right’s and environment defenders. She has worked in East and South Cameroon providing legal support to environment defenders especially communities struggling with investors. Issues of dialog among stakeholders are one among others points on which she is fighting dayly.

Being part of the platform will be an awesome occasion to learn from others on issues which are still problematic in Cameroon like communities land’s rights, especially indigenous people and compensation. This lessons will be used to develop on the field new strategy to face challenges and could inform the ongoing land reform in Cameroon.

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I am human right defender interested in working in and with the community , i am a community paralegal based in Nairobi and a facilitator. I am interested in the network in order to broaden my knowledge in the legal practice and more so to share my experiences as a community paralegal and create legal awareness .

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I am involved in advocacy on women and girls issues with focus on safety in public transport sector and the associated spaces. I am looking forward to a community where justice and legal help is accorded to the survivors at the right time and with need. i am hoping to network with like minded people and grow my expertise

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I am a teacher by profession and have a diploma in NGO Management. I am a project manager of a local NGO in the interior of Bungoma County. I wish join the network so that we can move together to positively change my community. We can only improve people’s lives deep in our rural by learning from others. Its my believe that by joining the network, I am going to learn a lot and other people in the network will also learn a few things from me.

The world is a wonderful place if we share ideas and on them we grow…

Deep in the rural, our people are living a life to pity. Unless we join forces they can’t break the poverty circle that rumands them. The political leaders aren’t helping out, instead they are using this situation yo climb their ladder thus leaving them poor.

I have an idea that we can create hope to the hopeless people and make smile one day.

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Yumi Itakura is a staff attorney at Foreign Nationals and International Service Section called ‘FISS’ which is special devision of Tokyo Public Law Office to provide legal services for foreign nationals by non-Japanese languages The area of handling is various such as international divorce including DV, Hague Convention cases, labor issue such as wrongful dismissal, wage theft and sexual harassment and supporting star-up business in Japan. Since starting legal career in 2007, she has consistantly devoted herself to support the underplevileged and underrepresented people in labor issues and gender issues. Her speciality is labor law (migrant worker’s rights ) and family law. She has been committed to social activitis in many ways such as hosting legal seminer, participating international conference to espand network around the world. She is a co-founder of Japan Forum of Public Interest Lawyers.

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Thank you Sir for your encouragement. We will definitely be in touch through participation in network activities. Really, being a member of the Global Legal Empowerment Network is means a lot to us. Definitely, it will lead the way forward for us and we hope to ring the bell through learning opportunities. Once again thank you very very much.

Hi Tobias, I appreciate your invitation and acceptance of my application to be a member here. I am on advocacy on climate change related issues. Which to my surprise, I find them not taken seriously Where I am. Now justice can not be achieved if the environment is poor or bad. So with climate change, injustices are taking place , without those affected knowing nor the government having interest to address the problem. I am basically rural based, struggling to put up an office, have it equipped to be more practical. Thanks.

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