Nazdeek wins inaugural Namati Justice Prize

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Nazdeek has won the inaugural Namati Justice Prize. Selected from over 160 organizations from across the globe, the panel of expert judges recognized Nazdeek “as a shining example of impact and sustainability.” What started as an idea for grassroots justice over 3 years ago has evolved into an organization committed to using legal empowerment to address the world’s most urgent problems: maternal mortality, malnutrition, low wages and poverty.

Understanding that multi-dimensional problems require multi-dimensional solutions, Nazdeek fuses legal trainings, fact findings, administrative complaints, strategic litigation, research and advocacy to build a community of activists and lawyers who possess the will and skills to secure justice. Their impacts have been extraordinary. As a result of trainings with grassroots activists who are leading a campaign for higher wages, the minimum wage for more than 1 million tea garden workers in Assam is set for a historic increase. Today, a collective of 30 women paralegals using only their mobile phones and their knowledge of the law, have secured ambulances, medical personnel, and access to nutrition and medicine for pregnant women in their communities. Today, due to international advocacy and awareness, consumers are beginning to demand transparency in the global supply chain for tea.

Inspired by the words and actions of the late Achmed Sesay, the $10,000 Justice Prize will strengthen Nazdeek’s commitment to bringing justice closer to marginalized communities in real, tangible ways. Naazdek is proud to work everyday in this beautiful struggle of shaping justice through community, to build the connective tissues of rights and remedies using a model centered on people, and to be inspired and empowered endlessly by our unbreakable friends. More information here

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