The team of Microjustice4All is very happy to announce that His Majesty the King of The Netherlands has conferred a Royal Decoration to our Director, Patricia van Nispen tot Sevenaer, for the work she has being doing for the Legal Empowerment of the Poor. Twenty years ago, she set up in The Hague our foundation Microjustice4All, starting the worldwide mission of the legal inclusion and empowerment of victims of humanitarian crisis and poor people in development and humanitarian contexts.
On 7 November, at the end of the Symposium the ‘Global Legal Inclusion towards SDG16’, the Mayor of The Hague, Pauline Krikke, in representation of H. M. the King, decorated Patricia with the Officier in de Orde van Oranje Nassau. This is the highest decoration a civilian (non-civil-servant) usually receives in The Netherlands.
The Symposium was a big success. Everyone from Ministries, NGOs, think thanks and legal organizations present agreed on the importance of having legal inclusion as an important focus for the implementation of United Nations Global Goal for Sustainable Development 16 (Peace and Justice). MJ4All received the needed support to go ahead in its ambitious Global Legal Inclusion Program, which will globally map the excluded people per country to develop further action for their inclusion.
We are very proud and happy because we got so much recognition for our work to put legal inclusion on the agenda globally.
As a result of 20 years of field work, MJ4All has developed an innovating methodology for the legal empowerment of the excluded.
To mark this occasion, MJ4All publishes its new Handbook, providing a practical guide to implement the methodology anywhere.
We also will launch our new strategy, the "Global Legal Inclusion Program" to promote this fundamental work.