Take Part in the Think Justice Consultation

Update (Nov 15): We recently learned that the role of civil society is not a key feature in the current drafts of the Justice Task Force Report. This is not okay. @staceycram posted a compelling video below explaining more. We can help ensure that the Justice Task Force report reflects our vision of grassroots Justice For All by sharing our perspectives in the Think Justice survey right now.

It is with great excitement that we share this opportunity with you, our community, to have the chance to have your voice heard by global policy makers by taking part in the Think Justice consultation.


Through the Justice For All campaign, The Task Force on Justice and the Global Legal Empowerment Network are partnering to gather ideas, insights, and inspiration from around the world through a grassroots consultation.

The Task Force on Justice is an initiative of the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies​, a group of national governments, international organisations, and networks committed to achieving the aims set out in the Sustainable Development Goals to provide access to justice for all.

Think Justice is a consultation of justice defenders and grassroots organisations, whose input will feed into the work of the Task Force on Justice.

Grassroots organisations and justice defenders activists are invited to:

  • Share their experience and justice stories;
  • Contribute data and evidence on justice needs;
  • Suggest grassroots responses to these needs; and
  • Propose and debate potential areas of recommendation.

This information will be collected jointly by the Global Legal Empowerment Network - on the​ ​community discussions platform forum​ ​- and NYU CIC - through a ​survey​. The information collected will form the basis of a short report which will be submitted to the Task Force on Justice from 10-12 October 2018 in Freetown, Sierra Leone. The report will inform the work of the Task Force, as they investigate the scale and nature of the justice gap, and build a case for investment in justice. Their findings will be presented at the 2019 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, the UN’s central platform for review of the 2030 Agenda and SDGs.

This is an important opportunity to directly share your experiences with governments and justice experts working to advance justice for all globally.


Ways to get involved:

  • Take the Think Justice survey ​here
  • Share your experiences, recommendations, and ideas in the community discussion ​in the comments below.

For more information on how to get involved, please go to the following:


Consultation Questions:

Through a series of questions, the survey invites our community (community paralegals, legal empowerment practitioners, and grassroots justice defenders alike) to share experiences of working in their contexts, what works well, challenges, and opportunities. Take the survey to see for yourself.

We hope you feel as inspired as we do to let your voice be heard, and look forward to hearing your thoughts, ideas, and discussions in the comments below.

@maaikedelangen @leadership_course_2018_participants @leadership_course_2018_faculty


Thanks @Coco Lammers for the great topic


Hey friends, I am a bit worried… enough so that i made this video to explain why it is vital that members of our community fill in this survey.

It is THE WAY for us to influence the final report being put out by the Pathfinders Justice Task Force - if we don’t show that civil society must be front and central and provide our ideas and recommendations then there is a real risk that the report that will guide our sector will fail to deliver what we want. Please take the time to fill in the survey. In the future you will be so happy you did when you can see your recommendations published and holding your governments accountable!

Here’s the link again:



Thanks for the inspiration @staceycram - let’s Think Justice! We can do this - we can make civil society and grassroots justice a priority!


I love your video, Stacey! You make a compelling case and I appreciate it. The Think Justice survey only takes 15 minutes to complete, and I hope many members decide to take the time to contribute. It is an ideal way to have your voice heard on the global stage. :world_map:


I am worried too, @staceycram! If we do not make grassroots civil society a top priority, then we will struggle to do the important work of access to justice that we are all engaged in. This survey is a strategic way for civil society to be heard and included in this global discussion.


Hey everyone. I am really happy to report that we now have 30 responses to the Think Justice survey - this is a big increase BUT there are still so many more of you to hear from, 30 is less than 1% of our network members. The survey is remaining open until the end of December so we have one month to make sure that civil society becomes one of the key messages. If you haven’t already had the chance to fill it in, please take 10 minutes to make your voices heard. If it is easier to leave comments here I am happy to collate those. If there is interest we can also organize a focus group, please reply to this thread or reach out to my colleague @jennifertsai who will follow up directly.

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