[Webinar] Justice during a pandemic: Legal empowerment approaches during the COVID-19 crisis

 On Tuesday April 14th, 2020, at 10am ET / 2pm GMT, we held a virtual round table discussion on how our legal empowerment work can address the justice challenges brought about or aggravated by the pandemic.

You can listen to a recording of the webinar here 42.

This webinar 42, moderated by Marlon Manuel (@marlonmanuel), Senior Advisor to the Global Legal Empowerment Network, featured a conversation with Namati’s CEO Vivek Maru (@vivekmaru) and key members of the Global Legal Empowerment Network.

They discussed questions such as:

Here we share some key takeaways:

The pandemic exacerbates injustice and that means that the pandemic demands a great deal from those who are committed to the pursuit of justice - Vivek Maru

The pandemic is not just portraying but is also increasing the discriminatory effects of urban inequalities and segregation - Felipe Mesel

From a gender equality perspective, we face a situation where everything that we have gained in the past is threatened - Jasminka Frishchikj

Here we share some key elements for legal empowerment groups in this context:

By listening to this webinar recording 42, legal empowerment groups can learn from the sharing of past and current initiatives in addressing common challenges that we face in the midst of this global emergency.

Together, we will explore ways of supporting each other in this extraordinarily challenging period.

Background Information:

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought the world to an unprecedented crisis.

The situation urgently requires medical and humanitarian assistance as an immediate response. Some extraordinary interventions become necessary to slow down the spread of the virus. But our collective experience shows that, when governments take emergency action, there is always a serious risk that injustices will be committed against vulnerable and marginalized groups and communities, and discrimination and rights violations can become more entrenched as a result.

Legal empowerment is essential during this challenging time. Vulnerabilities and inequalities are magnified in the midst of the pandemic. The effects of both the fast spreading disease and governments’ containment measures disproportionately impact marginalized groups, such as workers, homeless persons and those living in informal settlements, minorities, and migrants, especially women within these vulnerable populations. The time is ripe for the legal empowerment community to convene and consider how to respond.


Source: NAMATI – 21.04.2020