The Legal Empowerment Fund (LEF), a program of the Fund for Global Human Rights, announced today that it has selected 39 grassroots activists and organizations in 29 countries to receive $1.3 million in flexible, two-year grants. The full list is available below. (Four grantees have been omitted from the list due to the sensitive nature of their work.)
These groups comprise the second-ever cohort of LEF grantees. The first cohort, announced in July 2022, includes 49 additional grassroots groups using legal empowerment strategies in their communities.
Both cohorts were selected through a participatory review process from more than 4,800 activists and organizations that responded to our first open call for proposals. We received applications from 153 countries, requesting over $233 million in funding. This staggering need underscores the lack of funding available to frontline groups worldwide—and the life-changing work that could be resourced with greater investment.
Women’s Rights House
Women’s Rights House was established in 2017 with the goal of preventing gender-based violence, protecting women’s rights, and promoting women’s economic inclusion in Armenia. They provide free legal counsel to women and girls who have faced domestic or sexual violence. They also offer regular trainings to educate women about their economic, political, and social rights.
Centro de Estudios para la Equidad y Gobernanza en Los Sistemas de Salud (the Center of Studies for Equity and Governance in Health Systems, or CEGSS) aims to improve Guatemala’s health systems governance through collective analysis and participatory action research. Their unique model empowers formerly excluded communities to be researchers and agents of change.
The Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous People (LAHURNIP) defends the rights of Indigenous peoples in Nepal. Established in 1995 by a group of Indigenous lawyers, LAHURNIP uses strategic litigation to hold the Nepalese state and corporate actors responsible for violating the human rights of Indigenous communities.
Prisons Care and Counselling Association—or PRISCCA—was formed in Zambia’s Kamfinsa State Prison by a group of prisoners. The organization takes a human rights–centered approach to criminal justice reform and post-incarceration reintegration. Its membership includes current inmates, former inmates, corrections officers, and paralegals.
List of LEF Grantees
Listed alphabetically by country
Four organizations are not listed due to the sensitive nature of their work.
Comissão Pastoral da Terra (CPT)
Associação Nacional de Quilombos para a Cooperação – Negra Anastácia e Coordenação Nacional de Articulação das Comunidades Negras Rurais Quilombolas (CONAQ)
Grande Assembleia Guarani e Kaiowa (ATY GUASU) – Associação Brasileira de Reforma Agrária (ABRA) – Organização Pelo Direito Humano à Alimentação e à Nutrição Adequadas (FIAN Brasil)
Groupement Féminin Pag-La-Naam
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Vision des Filles Leaders pour le Developpement (VIFILED ASBL)
Action des Volontaires d’Innovation pour le Développement (AVID)
Berufsverband für erotische und sexuelle Dienstleistungen e.V. (BesD)
Centro de Estudios para la Equidad y Gobernanza en los Sistemas de Salud (CEGSS)
South Central Peoples Development Association – South Rupununi District Council
Kolektif Jistis Min (KJM)
Lembaga Bantuan Hukum Masyarakat
Indonesia Judicial Research Society
Lembaga Terranusa Indonesia
Bali Women Crisis Centre
Kenya Alliance for Rural Empowerment (KARE)
The Alliance of Migrant Domestic Workers in Lebanon
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (Friends of the Earth Malaysia)
Oficina de Defensoría de los Derechos de la Infancia
Steps Without Borders NGO
Al-Amal Foundation for Development
Association Démocratique des Femmes du Maroc (ADFM Rabat)
Lawyers’ Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples (LAHURNIP)
Familias Unidas por Justicia – Colectivo de familiares de víctimas de feminicidio
Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center
Rural Democracy Trust in partnership with Land Access Movement of South Africa
Inner City Resource Centre
South Durban Community Environmental Alliance (SDCEA)
International Indigenous Fund for Development and Solidarity (Batani)
Prison Care and Counselling Association