State of Hope
Hina Jilani, a co-chair of the Taskforce of Justice, explores how we can counter the shrinking space for civil society and tackle the multi-faceted global crisis of injustice. Initial broadcast July 2021.
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Hina Jilani

Human Rights Advocate, Co-chair of the Taskforce on Justice and member of The Elders

Louise Arbour

A response from

Louise Arbour

Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Vanessa Nakate

A response from

Vanessa Nakate

Youth climate activist


Billions of people worldwide are still denied meaningful access to justice, which exacerbates the impact of social and economic crises, from pandemics to indebtedness and unemployment. Civil society can play a valuable role in empowering marginalised groups but it is increasingly under attack from authoritarian and repressive governments. Hina Jilani explains why a vibrant civil society benefits the whole body politic and can foster a culture of hope and empowerment across race, class, gender and generational divides.

The Elders believe that all sectors in society must step up and take responsibility to deliver access to justice to the most vulnerable individuals and communities. They work to amplify the voices of grassroots activists and civil society, particularly with regard to violence against women, and engage with heads of state and policymakers to help drive development, social justice and economic growth.

Photo credit: Skoll Foundation

“We urgently have to break the cycle of gender-based discrimination and inequality. Girls are key drivers of transformation, and investing in them will trigger a chain reaction that ultimately leads towards a peaceful and prosperous world.” – Hina Jilani


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