2020 Annual Report Global Justice Center

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Letter from the President

Dear Friends and Allies,

2020 was a year like no other. Together and apart, the Global Justice Center community faced immeasurable challenges... how we collectively rebuild and repair in the years ahead will define generations to come.

Letter from the Board Chair

To the GJC community,

After serving on the Global Justice Center’s Board of Directors for the past four years, it’s an honor and privilege to write this letter in my new role as Board Chair. The global pandemic once again demonstrated GJC’s ability to respond quickly to changing circumstances, and the value of our feminist thought leadership.


The Global Justice Center is a team of creative feminists using the power of international law to achieve gender equality and dismantle systems of oppression.


True justice can never be achieved in Myanmar if women’s experiences, expertise, and stories are ignored or excluded from global advocacy spaces. In 2020, we amplified their voices.

Watch our webinar featuring Yanghee Lee, the former UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Wai Wai Nu, the founder and director of Women’s Peace Network, and Laetitia Van Den Assum, independent diplomatic expert and former member of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State chaired by Kofi Annan

Watch the Webinar

How can you own other things when you don’t even have the autonomy to own your own body and your own future?

-Dr. Senait Fisseha, GJC's 2020 Feminist Changemaker Award Recipient, Director of Global Programs, Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and chief advisor to the WHO Director General

GJC Special Counsel Michelle Onello reflects on our long history of advocacy alongside ethnic women’s groups in Myanmar

GJC Legal Advisor Danielle Hites shares our recent work to center gender in the new Crimes Against Humanity treaty

Centering Human Rights in US Foreign Policy

Regressive governments, including the Trump administration, used the pandemic as an excuse to further restrict access to abortion. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, abortion is a fundamental human right.

GJC Legal Director Grant Shubin highlights our partnership with the UN NGO Working Group on Women, Peace, and Security

GJC Legal Advisor Elena Sarver shines a light on our work to repeal the Siljander Amendment, a lesser-known US abortion restriction


This year, the global news media sought the voice and expertise of the Global Justice Center more than ever before.

Watch GJC President Akila Radhakrishnan make our first appearance on broadcast television following the historic ruling in the International Court of Justice case against Myanmar.

Our community

We are always grateful for our global community, and never more so than this past year. GJC would not be the thriving organization it is today without our incredible supporters, partners, staff and Board members.

Your donations, your partnerships, your moral support—from every tweet to each webinar registration—thank you. By standing with us, you make us stronger.