On July 15, 2019, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, the Elders, Namati, Open Society Justice Initiative and the Task Force on Justice co-hosted the ‘Justice for All’ networking reception leading up to the high-level segment of the HLPF. Watch here for a complete recording of the event.
The evening kicked off with the launch of Justice for All, a report by the Task Force on Justice. Drawing on research from justice organizations and experts around the world, the report puts forth an agenda for action that will help deliver the SDG targets that promise justice for all. Remarks were provided by:
- Priscilla Schwartz, Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Sierra Leone
- Maria Fernanda Rodriguez, Vice Minister of Justice, Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Argentina
- Birgitta Tazelaar, Deputy Director General for International Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands
- Hina Jilani, an Elder
Next, Mary Robinson, Chair of the Elders, and Hina Jilani announced the winners of the 2019 Grassroots Justice Prize, the world’s only award that recognizes great deeds in legal empowerment. The main prize – determined by a panel of judges – was awarded to three groups: Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (BLAST) (Bangladesh), City Life/Vida Urbana (United States), and NIRMAN (India) who each received $10,000 in recognition of their efforts. A fourth organization, This Life Cambodia (Cambodia), was awarded $1,000 and a seat at the 2019 Legal Empowerment Leadership Course after winning a public vote with nearly 4,000 participants.
Remarks by the recipient organizations were provided by:
- Sara Hossain, Executive Director of BLAST
- Lisa Owens, Executive Director of City Life/Vida Urbana
- Prasant Mohanty, Executive Director of NIRMAN
The networking reception also featured the launch of the Justice For All ‘Missing’ Campaign, which calls on the public, civil society, the private sector, governments, and justice partners to help ‘crack the case’ of 5.1 billion people missing meaningful access to justice around the world. This interactive exhibit encourages people to add to the ‘Tip Line’ through sharing their ideas for a national or global commitment or action that will help ensure equal access to Justice For All. To learn more about this campaign or to add your idea to the Justice For All Tip Line, go here.