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Using Legal Empowerment for Labour Rights in India

Rina Agarwala,

This resource comes from the Journal of Development Studies, 2019 Vol. 55, No. 3, 401–419. This paper brings labour back into the literature on legal empowerment against poverty. Employing a historical lens, I outline three waves of legal movements. Each wave is distinguished by its timing, the state-level target, and the actors involved. In all…

Can Business Rights Alleviate Group-Based Inequality in Sub-Saharan Africa? Understanding the Limits to Reform

Scott D. Taylor,

This resource is from The Journal of Development Studies 2019, Vol. 55, No. 3, 420 – 436. Africa’s indigenous minorities face unique constraints, particularly in terms of engaging in even the most basic business activities. They typically lack business rights, but, even where such rights have been extended, they have had scant impact on group…

Diagnóstico sobre acceso a la justicia laboral por parte de trabajadores y trabajadoras migrantes en Costa Rica

Organización Internacional del Trabajo (OIT),

El presente diagnóstico se centra en estudiar el acceso a la justicia laboral por parte de personas trabajadoras migrantes, principalmente de nacionalidad nicaragüense, procurando identificar los principales obstáculos que enfrenta esta población a la hora de acudir a las instancias judiciales y los nudos críticos que se presentan en el desarrollo del proceso ordinario laboral….

Legal Empowerment Experiences from Latin America

Namati, Fundación Construir, TECHO Brasil, Themis - Gênero, Justiça e Direitos Humanos, Grupo de Monitoreo Independiente de El Salvador (GMIES), Julieta Marotta,

This publication leads the way toward a greater effort to generate robust knowledge about legal empowerment practices in Latin America, to promote a dialogue based on grassroots experiences, and to show evidence about how legal empowerment helps to foster access to justice. In the following pages, we offer five concrete experiences drawn from different countries in…

Legal Empowerment of Informal Workers Formalizing Street Vending as a Tool for Poverty Reduction

Ana Maria Vargas ,

Being poor, uneducated and unemployed can be a crime in many places in the world, particularly when you decide to sell food or other products in the streets. The penalties can be as high as six months in prison in countries like Egypt, and can include the confiscation of their goods or fines that have…

Experiencias de Empoderamiento Jurídico en América Latina

Namati, Fundación Construir, TECHO Brasil, Themis - Gênero, Justiça e Direitos Humanos, Grupo de Monitoreo Independiente de El Salvador (GMIES), Julieta Marotta,

Esta publicación abre camino hacia la generación de un conocimiento sólido sobre prácticas de empoderamiento jurídico en Latinoamérica, para promover un diálogo basado en experiencias comunitarias y mostrar evidencias sobre cómo el empoderamiento jurídico ayuda a promover el acceso a la justicia. En las siguientes páginas, ofrecemos cinco experiencias concretas extraídas de distintos países en…

Justice Needs in Ukraine

HiiL,

In 2016, HiiL, with the support of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has conducted a Justice Needs and Satisfaction Survey (JNS) in Ukraine. This report highlights the main findings from the 2015 Ukrainian Justice Needs and Satisfaction Survey, which has been compiled with input from more than 6,500 respondents from 24 regions of the…

The 2011 National Labor Relations Commission (NLRC) Rules of Procedure

The Republic of Philippines,

This resource contains the 2011 rules of procedure for the Republic of Philippines’ National Labor Relations Commission.

A Toolkit for Reporting to CEDAW on Trafficking in Women and Exploitation of Migrant Women Workers

Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women,

The Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) is an international human rights treaty which aims to eliminate all forms of discrimination against women and to promote equal rights between men and women worldwide. CEDAW is of great significance to trafficking in women and the exploitation of migrant women workers…

Migrant Workers’ Access to Justice at Home: Indonesia (Bahasa)

Open Society Foundation, Tifa Foundation, Migrant Worker Access to Justice Project,

Each year, around half a million Indonesians travel abroad to work, half of those to the Middle East. Many are women who suffer abuse and exploitation when they work abroad but have virtually no access to recourse within their host country’s legal system. The vulnerability of migrant workers abroad makes it crucial for them to…

Interview with Kav LaOved: Winner of the Grassroots Justice Prize in the #WalkTogether Prize for Courage Category

Posted by Namati in Global Legal Empowerment Network

The biennial Grassroots Justice Prize competition recognizes grassroots organizations and institutions, large and small, across the globe, that are working to put the power of law in people’s hands. The Grassroots Justice Prize is brought to you by the Global Legal Empowerment Network in collaboration with Namati, The Elders, Walk Together, UNDP, and World Justice…

India’s National Green Tribunal Sets an Important Precedent

Posted by Krithika Dinesh, Manju Menon, and Kanchi Kohli in Environment

A Casual Approach  By taking on board the concerns of a fishing community in Hazira, India, regarding the construction of a port, the National Green Tribunal has set an important precedent. I n 2013, a fishermen’s group in Hazira—the Hazira Machimar Samiti—and three affected fishermen had filed a petition against the Adanis, the project proponent…

Online Database of Land-based Investment Contracts Invites Innovative Proposals

Posted by Marena Brinkhurst in Environment, Labor Rights, Land & Natural Resources, Opportunities

OpenLandContracts.org aims to promote greater transparency of land-based investments, facilitate a better understanding of the contracts that govern them, and provide useful tools for governments, communities, companies, and other stakeholders. Initially launched in October 2015, the repository provides the full text of contracts, as well as plain language summaries of each contract’s key social, environmental, human…

The Maid and the Madame: Rights for Migrant Workers in Jordan

Posted by Bremen Donovan in Labor Rights

Meet Linda Alkalash, whose organization, Daem, works to protect migrant workers and combat human trafficking in Jordan. In this latest entry in our Middle East series, Linda recounts the story of a Sri Lankan domestic worker who went fourteen years without receiving her salary – a case not too uncommon, as she explains.

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