On the 23rd of January, Namati through the Justice For All campaign held a webinar on the recently published JFA policy brief; The Case to Fund and Protect Grassroots Justice Defenders.
This was aimed at sharing learnings on how we can advance justice for all in 2019. The webinar was attended by about 80 network and non-network members joining us.
The main focus of the webinar was to discuss how we can leverage a number of global moments tied to the Sustainable Development Goals to bring about policy changes which increase access to justice.
The webinar kicked off with some housekeeping and brief introductions including the Global Legal Empowerment campaign leading into how the Justice For All Campaign was borne
About The Year of Justice
@staceycram set the stage by sharing that In 2019, governments will be reporting on progress on SDG 16, including the commitment made by all governments to ensure equal access to justice for all by 2030. With the attention of decision-makers trained on SDG16, this would present a strategic chance to spotlight the work of our community, highlight the existing gaps round financing and protection for grassroots justice defenders and mobilize governments, civil society and other actors to launch new commitments to finance and implement the justice targets. Then talking about several moments that our community can leverage to build momentum for justice for all including:
- In July, when governments will review SDG 16 for the first time during the High-level Political Forum, providing an opportunity to reinforce the case for accelerated implementation on grassroots justice and legal empowerment at national and global levels. The theme is empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality.
Key global advocacy moments in 2019:
Policy Brief: The Case to Fund and Protect Grassroots Justice Defenders
Through a 15 minute presentation, Abigail Moy then took the participants through recommendations on the policy brief around the two thematic areas that informed the Justice For All Campaign.
The first being financing. A lack of financing stifles legal empowerment work.
The second being protection. Changing social and political environments have made legal empowerment work more difficult. This in turns threatens the safety of our champions on the ground.
6 key recommendations from the policy brief include:
- Increase domestic investment in legal empowerment efforts, particularly those undertaken by civil society.
- Increase global aid flows to grassroots legal empowerment groups.
- Increase multi-stakeholder coordination around financing for legal empowerment.
- End all attacks on grassroots justice defenders
- End criminalization and litigious harassment of grassroots justice defenders
- Support independent bodies that advance investigations and prosecutions relating to attacks against grassroots justice defenders.
To learn more about these recommendations and 20 additional recommendations on, download the policy brief.
Turning Global Policy into Local Action
This presentation by Abigail laid the groundwork for Coco to share a few ideas about how to transform the policy recommendations into local action, including:
- Defining your asks
- Using the policy brief in your local context
- Planning a local action
- Building momentum
- Connecting with others
- Spreading the word on social media with #JusticeForAll
For more information on advocacy at the local level, download the Action Pack.
Join the Discussion
If you were unable to make this webinar, access the recording here.
With the last presentation, it opened the webinar for an interactive Q and A session between the participants and the presenters.
Do you have additional questions you’d like to add? Please share your questions and comments below. We look forward to continuing the conversation here and use this forum to connect with the presenters and other participants.