Over the past 10 years, our team has put in 20,000 pro bono hours with unwavering commitment to practice the law through a feminist lens.
Our team and women advocates in our network have contributed to and led legal interventions for survivors of gender-based and sexual violence in South Sudan, Vanuatu, Libya, Afghanistan, India, and submitted expert opinions in U.S. and Swiss courts to support persecuted persons.
We have also trained over 124 defenders and activists on how to strategically litigate cases of crimes against women, challenging biased stereotypes, victim-blaming attitudes as well as oppressive patriarchal norms that fuel the endless spirals of violence. These lawyers and defenders have used SAHR’s training to represent and raise awareness to over 385 survivors across the globe, release women wrongfully convicted of adultery and bring perpetrators of gender violence to justice. This is one of our proudest accomplishments.
In 2019, we created our flagship program, the Gender Justice Defenders Fellowship with the goal of strengthening our engagement with human rights defenders and lawyers, seeking justice for sexual and gender-based crimes worldwide. Through the Program, we fund lawyers and HRDs and support them with dedicated and specialised legal expertise to secure justice for survivors.
The Justice Effect
Our legal team comprises practitioners qualified to practice in multiple jurisdictions and when necessary, we also work closely with local lawyers.
Recognizing that sexual offences are the hardest crimes to prosecute, we convene spaces to enhance the technical competencies of field human rights lawyers and defenders through our“Gender Justice Legal Defenders Fellowship Program” and our empowerment workshops “Tactical Approaches to Combating Sexual Violence”.
Part of our mission is also to serve as a platform for bold actions, precedent-setting cases and strategic alliances with those fighting on the frontlines to pin accountability to powerful sexual predators. We fulfill it by bringing together lawyers and judges as well as other individuals, collectives, and organizations dedicated to gender justice. This is how we close the gender justice gap and build equity for survivors.
As feminist legal practitioners, we believe it is our duty to listen to the voices of the those who are rendered the most vulnerable and to put into practice their ideas about how to improve the situation.