In February, the Global Legal Empowerment Network took part in an annual survey to assess where our movement is at and where we need to go.
The results are in, and they tell us a lot.
You can read the full annual survey results here: 2017 Annual Network Survey.pdf (464.8 KB)
We are an extraordinary global community—representing over 150 countries. We are united by a common purpose: putting the power of law in people’s hands. Respondents expressed the need to strengthen our collective capacity by creating resources and learning opportunities along thematic and programmatic areas.
However, feedback from our members also shows that our field is caught in a two-sided crisis.
Many of us are struggling for funding.
Sixty-seven percent of respondents either had to make cuts or will not be able to operate in the coming year due to funding concerns.
Our field is also under threat.
Sixty-eight percent of respondents said they were threatened for carrying out legal empowerment work.
What should we do about it?
We’ve launched a new global campaign, Justice For All, to collectively advocate for financing and protection globally. Ninety-six percent of survey respondents said they want to take part in this campaign. We invite you to join us as we #TipTheScales towards #JusticeForAll.
There are many ways to take part:
We are already planning to take part in the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg, South Africa with The Elders, the OGP Summit in Tbilisi, Georgia, and the High Level Politial Forum in New York, USA. We plan on pressing the issue with veteran Network Guidance Committee members at the 73rd Session of the United Nations General Assembly around the 10th Anniversary of the Commission on Legal Empowerment of the Poor this September in New York.
We want to hear from you -
What can you do in your country to support this campaign? What strategies or coalitions can Justice For All support in your region? What other actions can help us move our collective priorities forward together?
Please tell us your thoughts below and we can discuss.
Michael, Ashley, and the Global Legal Empowerment Network Team