Fair laws benefit every individual and every nation

Discriminatory laws do not just strip women, girls and LGBT people of their basic human rights, they affect entire countries. When over half of a nation’s population is not protected from violence or exploitation, or an individual’s identity is not recognised, it has deep repercussions for that nation’s wellbeing. And beyond the direct human cost, this type of inequality can significantly hold back a country’s economic development and growth. Women, girls and LGBT individuals might suffer the most directly, but ultimately everyone suffers.

The EJA’s dimensions of change

The EJA works with governments, lawmakers and civil society to make better laws for all. Our goal is to create positive and concrete change in people’s lives. With this in mind, we have developed the EJA ‘Dimensions of Change’ model to highlight how the different strands of the EJA initiative come together to deliver real change.

We use this overarching model to structure the in-depth monitoring and evaluation assessments we conduct across the technical assistance, capacity-building and network-building activities delivered as part of our programme.

Reforming discriminatory laws or writing new laws to protect and guarantee the human rights of everyone is an urgent issue for every citizen of a country, not just women, girls and LGBT people. Only when we all work together purposefully, sensitively and with utmost conviction, will we create a world with better laws, changing for the better people’s lives.

EJA Dimensions of Change Model