23 SEP 2021

15.30 – 17.30


Adapting to Change: Legal Empowerment Practice in Southeast Asia Amid the Covid-19 Pandemic

The session aims to highlight the challenges that affect the continuation of legal empowerment work and strategies particularly during the Covid19 Pandemic and how the work has been affected by pandemic-related restrictions and regulations. In particular, the session will focus on the pandemic’s impact on community engagement and providing legal services to grassroots communities, advocacy work, and funding. The session will also showcase innovative approaches and strategies that were adopted by legal empowerment organizations to cope with the current health crisis. This way, the participants will have an opportunity to learn not only from the presenters but also from the participants through the breakout sessions. This session is hosted by the Southeast Asia core-group members of the Legal Empowerment Network-, the largest global community of grassroots justice defenders, with a global membership of more than 2,000 organizations and 9,000 individuals from over 160 countries.


Ann Maureen Manigbas | Ateneo Human Rights Center

Sheila Grace Formento | Alternative Law Groups (ALG)

Muhamad Isnur | Indonesia Legal Aid Foundation

Atchara Chan-O-Kul | The Legal Assistance Center (LAC)Coordinator / The International Rescue Committee (IRC)

Maalini Ramalo | Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (DHRRA)

Dr. Annette Mbogoh | Legal Advice Centre- Kituo Cha Sheria

Abdullah Anbar Anan Titir | Bangladesh Legal Aid and Services Trust (Blast)