New member introductions (31 May to 13 June, 2018)

Hello and welcome again, new members!

You will find we are friendly and open in this community. This a safe space where you can make new friends from around the world and keep in touch for solidarity, learning, sharing and collaboration.

Here in this topic we bring together new members who joined between 31 May and 13 June, 2018, to celebrate your arrival and make it easy for you to introduce yourself to the community and ask your questions.

Please introduce yourself! How did you find us and what prompted you to join? What are you working on right now that you want to share or that you need help with? Just add a reply.

If you have any concerns or feedback, or want to schedule a skype call to get a tour of our online platform, I’d love to hear from you. You can reach me directly by messaging @tobiaseigen or by sending an email to

In solidarity,

Tobias Eigen,
Community Manager

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Now is a GREAT time to get to know everyone who just joined along with you. Select their name to see a popup with more details. Mention them in your reply introducing yourself below, and they will be notified by email and be prompted to say hello back! I will add to this list as new members join.

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Thank you @tobiaseigen,
I am very happy to join this network. I am working on defending human Rights so that every citizen can access to his right. My main mission is to plead for those who not able to defend themselves, I am their voice. I need to see the law respected in all its entirety so that all authors of human rights violation are sentenced according to the national and international law whatever his personality.



I am Baimba Osman Sheriff from Sierra Leone.

I have registered as a Global Legal Empowerment Network member and @Bash is my I.D name. I have also applied for the Learning Exchange scheduled for October in Kenya.

As a member of this network, I will like to meet and network with members in Sierra Leone so as to discuss more on how we can harness programs and activities at national level.

Thank you for creating this platform.


Hi, I am into Pro Bono legal practice! The pleasure is mine sharing the experience and learning techniques by networking around the world.


I am Baldangombo and LGBTI rights activist. Currently, I am working at the LGBT Centre in Mongolia as legal programme manager. So my work is focusing in this field.

Lead the movement’s legal advocacy on anti-discrimination, hate crimes and general protection of human rights of LGBT persons through multi-stakeholder engagement on the community, civil society and national levels;

  • Document human rights violations and provide legal assistance to community members;
  • Provide human rights and legal information and training for the LGBT community members as well as legal representation where necessary such as in matters relating to hate crimes, discrimination, gender marker change in documents of trans people;
  • Conduct advocacy to input LGBT-related protection mechanisms in new laws and regulations

Hello Tobias,

Nice knowing you.

I am working on criminal justice system. My focus is mainly to see to it that rights of suspects and accused persons are not violated. Many law enforcers are not aware of the rights of detained persons.

I also work on increasing awareness on evils of gender based violence in Malawi. In Malawi, there are increased cases of gender based violence.

However, resources to undertake all these programmes remain a big stumbling block.



I am a graduate of the Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia holding BA (2010) in Journalism and Communications with distinction and MA (2013) in Federalism and Legal Studies with great distinction. I had been working as a reporter in Addis Ababa between 2010-2013. I was also working as a lecturer in Civics and Ethical Studies department at Debre Markos University, Ethiopia

Since December 2014 – February 2016, I had been in Germany and successfully complemented a German language course. I had been also a guest student in the department of Political Science at Gottingen University, Germany where I had learnt about further political science courses. Since October 2016, I had been working as a lecturer in Civics and Ethical Studies at Oda Bultum University, Ethiopia.

Joining such platform will help me to advance my academics and I will also try my best to help the institution.


My name is Nancy, I work as a death penalty researcher with the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights. I am looking forward to expanding my horizons on human rights by joining the network and to get to exchange and share knowledge with other experts as learning is a process and it requires lots of knowledge share.


I work in the capacity of a researcher and campaign strategist at the Global Strategic Communications Council, India. I have been working in some of India’s critically polluted regions to help create data sets and empower communities to take on legal battles. I also provide them with strategic media outputs to help amplify their voices in the mainstream media. I would love to gain hands on experience on evidence building and train the communities impacted by pollution. I look forward to learn from the diverse set of players and their experiences at Namati.


I am a lawyer and I work at an NGO called Fundacion Microjusticia Argentina. We are a free legal sponsorship and amongst other things, we are specialized in registration and late registration of population in a vulnerable social situation. I would like very much to work with people of different parts of the world that do the job as we do.



I came across Namati when searching for how Youths can raise issues concerning the community like better education, gender equality, unemployment, access to Antiretroviral drugs using legal frameworks rather taking matters in their own hands.

I joined Namati to meet experienced paralegals who can advice me on how to solve issues using the most effective legal ways.

Today am creating awareness amongst the youth on how to increase their public participation and county affairs so, that we can be the best leaders for the next generation.

Thank you.

Brian Owago


I’m director of the Association of Environmental Justice in Israel - it’s a research and resources center, national level . Our work is mainly on two levels: research - aimed to evaluate the environmental inequality in different categories (municipalities, governmental policy) and in field - initiate and conducting empowerment processes of local population mainly the Arab minority.


Dear Tobias,

Thank you for welcoming me to this network, it is a pleasure being with you. The reason behind joining this network is that it is about legal aid. The first job I did after school was about the provision of legal aid working closely with paralegals. I feel happy being with this network as I expect to learn a lot from each and everyone on the network. Regards,



Hi Come! You are very welcome here. We’d love to hear more stories about your experiences providing legal aid in Rwanda, working closely with paralegals. Do share if you are willing. :seedling:

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Dear Tobias,

Actually I have been working as a legal aid provider with a local NGO called Haguruka, but currently I am working as Vulnerable Population Inclusion Specialist within the same Organisation on the access to justice project funded by USAID.

Previously I have been working closely with paralegals in different ways. Firstly, they were under my supervision as they were reporting to me on monthly basis, they were referring to a number of cases they could not resolve, we were doing together mobile legal clinics and community sensitization, etc…




Great to see you here, Baya! I see some other participants of the workshop we had last week in Ulaanbaatar have joined the network. I hope you can encourage the others to also join.


I am Alhassan Sesay the Founder of Sierra Leone School Green Club an environmental organization that work with schools in raising awareness of our environment. We also work with youth in agribusiness and capacity building.


Thank you very much for your message. I hope other workshop participants will join the network.


Thanks @tobiaseigen for having us here. Happy to meet y’all and hope we fight to get a better world.

I am the founder/president of the Sierra Leone School Green Club (SLSGC), Founder of D House Thrift, and co-founder of Dessert Water (SL) Limited etc. A Young African Leader Initiative Fellow (YALI) an initiative of former US President Barrack Obama, an African Changemaker Fellow.

Sierra Leone School Green Club (SLSGC) is an indigenous Community Based Organization (CBO) which was established in 2015. We’ve been engaged in climate change sensitization and mitigation strategy across Sierra Leone. The organization began as the challenges of climate change hit local communities in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world and climate change is having a drastic impact on the livelihood of the already underprivileged communities. @AlhassanSesay is my ID.

Regards, Alhassan Sesay