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Center for Law & Justice (CLJ)

Lahore, Pakistan
Joined August 2019

Center for Law & Justice: Living with Liberty A nonprofit, nonpartisan, nongovernment organization that strives to ensure access to human rights for underprivileged communities in Pakistan.

Presence in: Pakistan
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Gender-based violence, Governance, Labor & Employment

The CLJ engages in legal, legislative, and issues related to cultural preservation by implementing effective approaches which include litigation, fact-findings, research, advocacy, engaging civil society, providing free legal aid, and strengthening cultures, ethnic and religious minorities, and understanding of human rights within the disadvantaged communities. Additionally, it furthers its goals by helping communities build individual capacity, structures, and institutions that may enable them to defend their own rights on an enduring basis.

Our Philosophy

CLJ believes that a society cannot flourish, politically, socially, economically or otherwise, if it is unable to provide free and fair access to fundamental human rights to its members without any discrimination. A society’s inability to provide justice strongly reflects on its social fabric and acts as a hindrance to the overall wellbeing. Development in all arenas of a society cannot be achieved in its full potential unless the state cannot provide all its individuals with an assurance of justice and security regardless of their background.

Mission Statement

CLJ strives to protect the rights and interests of marginalized communities in Pakistan by engaging legal, legislative, and cultural issues through research, fact-finding, litigation, advocacy, legal aid, and by engaging the community and other stakeholders for building enduring institutions and community structures.

Values

CLJ strongly believes in and promotes following values in work and among its employees:

-foremost priority to the interests of socially, economically, and politically marginalized groups and individuals

-constant innovation in all its work at its offices and on field

-nurturing ideas and encouraging initiative-taking

-modesty in the use of resources

-complete transparency in all aspects of our work

-participatory and consensus-oriented decision making

-promote sustainability as a cross-cutting theme in all its initiatives

People Associated With This Organization

Mary Gill

Pakistan  
Center for Law & Justice (CLJ)
Joined August 2019
Interests: Economic Empowerment, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Labor & Employment, Women's Rights
I am a politician, lawyer and human rights activist. I graduate from Lahore College for Women University in Political Science and History with distinction and did LL.B in 2007. I was elected on a reserved seat for women in the Punjab Assembly in 2013-2018 tenure.

I come from a humble Christian family and keen to work on minority issues. She has been vocal on minority rights and issues related to women, children, transgender and persons with special abilities.

As a legislative member, I contributed on several women related initiatives and legal reforms including 2016 Punjab Protection of Women against Violence Act and family laws of religious minorities.

During my tenure in the assembly, I remained member of a number of committees and statutory bodies including Chairperson of Religious Freedom Caucus; Working Council of Punjab Women Parliamentary Caucus; Punjab Social Services Board; Punjab Child Rights Steering Committee; Member Standing Committee on Industries, Commerce & Investment; Culture & Youth Affairs; and Library Committee of the Punjab Assembly.

I have also been the convener of Minority Advisory Council of Punjab (MACP) from 2013 to 2015. As a lawyer, I am currently the Managing Partner of James & Sharif, which is a human rights law firm. Her main areas of interests are problems of minority women, improving socio-economic and working conditions of sanitary workers and inclusion of religious minorities in political and parliamentary processes.

I am also running a non-profit organization Center for Law & Justice with mission to protect the rights and interests of marginalized communities in Pakistan by engaging legal, legislative, and cultural issues through research, fact-finding, litigation, advocacy, legal aid, and by engaging the community and other stakeholders for building enduring institutions and community structures.
Mary Gill is the network champion (main point of contact) for Center for Law & Justice (CLJ).

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