Law for All Initiative

Ashoka draws on Fellows’ innovations and insights to build a global society in which everyone may enjoy equity, justice, and social inclusion as full citizens.

Ashoka’s Law for All initiative works with social entrepreneurs and partners from the public, private, and social sectors to defend changemakers, encourage pro bono legal culture, and foster access to justice.

Law for All supports social entrepreneurs on three levels.

Fellow Security

  • Offers prevention and emergency support to Ashoka Fellows facing threats
  • Enables social entrepreneurs to work safely and securely through building support networks

Advocates for Social Entrepreneurs

  • Facilitates pro bono legal assistance for Ashoka Fellows
  • Promotes the culture of pro bono within the legal profession, ensuring that all individuals and communities may access equal protection under the law

Access to Justice

  • Articulates and applies leverage points for effectively influencing public policy
  • Engages social, business, and policy entrepreneurs; academia; the media; and other civil society leaders to put citizens in charge
  • Access to Justice Workshops have addressed a wide range of issues including: local corruption, freedom of information, widows’ rights, rights of the mentally ill, and rights of landless citizens.

Launched in 2003, Law for All promotes new ideas and best practices within a law, policy, or rights-based framework, culled from Ashoka’s global Fellowship as well as Ashoka’s broader network of human rights organizations.

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