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July 1, 2019

Apply now for the 2019 Legal Empowerment Leadership Course

by Namati in Community Paralegals, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Opportunities

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…

May 11, 2019

Five Ways Legal Empowerment Efforts Can Improve Maternal Health

by Ellie Feinglass in Community Paralegals, 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…

May 1, 2019

Global Report Hails Legal Empowerment as a Force for Justice

by Namati in Advocacy & Systemic Change, Community Paralegals, Global Legal Empowerment Network, Namati News, Post-2015 Agenda, Resources & Research

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…

April 17, 2019

A Father Without an Identity – Samson’s Story

by Namati in Citizenship, Community Paralegals

The first time Samson tried to get his identity card, he was 19. He and his friend went to the registrar’s office where they were both asked to “give something small” (a bribe) if that wanted to be attended to. His friend complied, but Samson did not have any money. A few weeks later, he…

April 17, 2019

A Herder, a Paralegal, a Protector of the Commons – Francis’ Story

by Namati in Community Paralegals, Land & Natural Resources

Francis first heard the news in late 2017: The village leaders responsible for managing Kuku B’s community land were reportedly holding secret meetings with private investors. This is all too common in Kenya, he knew what would come next: the leaders would sub-divide, privatize, and sell off parcels of the community’s land, leaving him and…

April 16, 2019

From a Land Grab to a Fair Deal – A Story from Masimra Town

by Namati in Community Paralegals, Land & Natural Resources

Political power often enables corporate abuse. The Masimra community in Port Loko District, Sierra Leone can, unfortunately, attest to this after politicians elected by them to protect their interests instead opened them up to exploitation. In 2009, the then Deputy Minister of Trade and the Chairman of Port Loko District Council ushered the Dutch-owned agricultural…

April 16, 2019

Pressing for Privacy Rights – Silvia’s Story

by Namati in Community Paralegals, Health

It was at the end of 2017 that Silvia* first noticed the sores on her skin. Over the coming months, they got worse. She developed a persistent fever and was constantly exhausted. By March, her weight had dropped from 85 kgs to 70. Silvia knew what the symptoms suggested; she knew she should get an…

April 16, 2019

The Council and the Coal Giant – Aslam’s Story

by Namati in Community Paralegals, Environment, Land & Natural Resources

This is a story of how, with the power of law, a small village collectively challenged a multi-billion dollar conglomerate to restore environmental justice for its people. And won.   The residents of Nana Mandha village in Gujarat State are primarily farmers, herders, and shepherds of modest means. Situated near India’s western coast, the small,…

April 15, 2019

From Witness to Problem Solver – U Win Naing Htay’s Journey

by Namati in Community Paralegals, Land & Natural Resources

In 1980, during the midst of military rule in Myanmar, the Ministry of Electricity and Energy seized 920 acres of farmland in Bago Region to build a fertilizer plant. The land belonged to over 100 families. The Ministry gave them no warning and no compensation. And when it did not use 297 of the acres…

March 5, 2019

“I was ashamed to say what I had and how I felt…”

by Namati in Community Paralegals, Gender, Health

Chicuque Rural Hospital is a reference health facility for Maxixe District and the 2nd largest health facility in Inhambane Province, Mozambique. Since September 2017, community members were complaining about the lack of privacy in the health facility due to inadequate space for consultations. According to the community, it was common for two providers to attend…