For over 3 years, the Justice For All has campaigned for increased financing for grassroots justice defenders. Individuals and organizations from countries across the world have come together to call on governments and foundations to step up to fund this vital work and to deliver SDG16. Today, a new fund was launched in direct response to those efforts.
The Legal Empowerment Fund is a bold new initiative aimed at closing the global justice gap and providing urgently needed, long-term support to grassroots justice defenders and organizations. Over ten years, the Legal Empowerment Fund aims to raise $100 million to strengthen the people-centered justice movement. We are proud to join with The Fund for Global Human Rights, in collaboration with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in order to challenge others in the public and private sectors to throw everything they have at this moment.
The Legal Empowerment Fund will support visionary grassroots justice organisations with renewable core funding, offering space for experimentation and access to a global network of donors, advocates, and allies. Through its grant-making and technical assistance, the Legal Empowerment Fund will build the collective power and agency of excluded communities and enhance access to justice to improve laws and policies.
This new initiative will take learnings from the COVID-19 Grassroots Justice Fund, and will look to grassroots justice groups to help shape the design and governance structures.
We want to thank the over 8,000 of you who signed our petition to #TiptheScales, all of the organisations, and the individuals who joined our campaign and advocated decision makers across the globe. Your tireless efforts made this incredible milestone in the fight against injustice possible. Together, we will continue to fight to ensure that those who carry out this vital work are supported and protected. We are inspired that the hard work of grassroots justice defenders is gaining recognition. Learn more by visiting: www.globalhumanrights.org/legal-empowerment