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Legal empowerment is about strengthening the capacity of all people to exercise their rights, either as individuals or as members of a community. It’s about grassroots justice—about ensuring that law is not confined to books or courtrooms, but rather is available and meaningful to ordinary people.

Legal Empowerment

Open Society Voices

In South Africa, Sex Workers Arm Themselves with the Law

September 15, 2014 | by Sebastian Kohn | 20 comments

As a criminalized group, sex workers risk abuse form both clients and police alike. Now, sex workers in South Africa offer each other support and legal advice, empowering one another to realize their rights.

Delivering Access to Justice in the Mountains of Pakistan

June 9, 2014 | by Lotta Teale | 3 comments

Two young women talk about their decision to train as community-based paralegals in Chitral, on Pakistan's remote northern border with Afghanistan.

How Access to Justice Is Helping Women in Northern Pakistan

May 28, 2014 | by Lotta Teale | 7 comments

Community-based paralegals are helping young women and their families use the law to resolve problems arising from “down country” marriages.