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McKinley Charles




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Feb 15, 2016

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Videos: Raising a movement for justice

The Global Legal Empowerment Network, which Namati convenes, brings over 7,500 individuals and 2,000 organizations from 160 countries together to tackle the most pressing justice challenges of our time. When a domestic worker is denied her wages or a community’s drinking water is poisoned by toxic runoff, we stand with them. We empower them to…

Posted November 25, 2019
Namati joins 125 groups in condemning India’s exclusion of 1.9 million people from the Assam National Registry of Citizens

On 31 August 2019, India published the final version of the National Register of Citizens, a list which effectively strips nearly 2 million people in the state of Assam of their citizenship. Namati has joined 125 civil society organizations in condemning the decision and calling for urgent action to protect everyone’s right to a nationality….

Posted September 5, 2019
Meet the Winners of the 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize, the world’s only award that recognizes great deeds in legal empowerment. Nearly 200 organizations applied for this global prize. An eminent panel of judges awarded three groups – Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (Bangladesh), City Life/Vida Urbana (United States), and NIRMAN…

Posted July 15, 2019
Cast Your Vote for the 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize

Who Will You Choose to Win the Grassroots Justice Prize?   The biennial Grassroots Justice Prize is the world’s only competition recognizing grassroots organizations and institutions that are working to put the power of law into people’s hands. And now you have the chance to choose one of the winners!  Our panel of judges shortlisted five…

Posted July 1, 2019
Apply now for the 2019 Legal Empowerment Leadership Course

This December, we’re bringing together 60 inspiring voices for the fifth annual Legal Empowerment Leadership Course (LELC) at Budapest’s Central European University. The course is an opportunity to learn from first-rate faculty, tackle challenges we face in our work, and grow the movement for legal empowerment together. We want you to be with us! Applications are now open…

Posted July 1, 2019
Annual Survey Results: 5 Things We Learned About Network Members

Each year the Global Legal Empowerment Network conducts a survey to take stock of where our movement is and where we need to go. Over 400 Network members from 80 countries took part in this year’s survey. The results are in, and they are revealing. Here are five big takeaways. 1. Our Network is growing…

Posted May 28, 2019
Five Ways Legal Empowerment Efforts Can Improve Maternal Health

Over the past thirty years, we’ve seen massive overall reductions in the numbers of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth. Maternal deaths around the world dropped from an estimated 532,000 in 1990 to 303,000 in 2015. Yet inequalities are growing both between and within countries. In Mozambique, the rate of maternal mortality is among the…

Posted May 11, 2019
Global Report Hails Legal Empowerment as a Force for Justice

Our community fought hard to make justice part of the Sustainable Development Goals. But world governments have not backed their words with action. In many places, injustice is growing and justice systems are getting worse. On our current trajectory, the historic commitment in the SDGs to achieve “access to justice for all” could die as…

Posted May 1, 2019
Guía para Trabajadores Comunitarios Cómo Documentar la Nacionalidad y Otras Formas de Identidad Jurídica

¿Cómo pueden las y los paralegales, promotores/as comunitarios o asistentes legales y otras personas trabajando desde las comunidades abordar los desafíos en materia de derechos a la nacionalidad o ciudadanía y la documentación de la identidad jurídica que más de mil millones de personas alrededor del mundo enfrentan? Esta es la pregunta que la Guía…

Posted March 5, 2019
Case Filed to Stop New Digital ID Register in Kenya

On the 18th of February 2019, the government of Kenya rolled out the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), more popularly known as Huduma Namba (Swahili for “Service Number”). The system is intended to create and operate a national population register as a single source of information about citizens and foreign residents. It has been…

Posted February 26, 2019