As we all well know, the road for a young girl in the developing world; from obtaining an education, to going to university, to making her way through law school, to ultimately finding work is a relentless and heroic climb.  The women who achieve this have beat extraordinary odds and have demonstrated a passion and commitment that deserves not only our applause and respect but also our support.

Our JusticeMakers program connects, trains and funds leading social entrepreneurs around the world. This program has enabled IBJ to significantly expand the global reach of its work while maintaining a sustainable grassroots methodology.

In the coming weeks, we’ll be providing more information about how you may wish to be involved with the launch of our dedicated Women JusticeMakers initiative.

Today, the online JusticeMakers platform connects over 2500 lawyers and legal activists, enabling them to share intellectual capital and best practices in the field of criminal justice. This network enables us to unleash the collective energies of criminal defenders from around the world and unlock the vast potential of international human rights legislation. 

Gloria Steinem, leader and spokeswoman for the feminist movement, was asked to whom she intended to pass her torch. She replied: “First of all, I’m not giving up my torch, thank you! I’m using my torch to light other people’s torches…if we each have a torch, there’s a lot more light”. 

2017 Women JusticeMakers

Khadi Ouedraogo SY Burkina Faso






2015 Women JusticeMakers

Arianne Reyes of the Philippines

Arianne Reyes Philippines







2014 Women JusticeMakers






2012 Women JusticeMakers






2011 Women JusticeMakers









2010 Women JusticeMakers

Ajeng Larasati Indonesia






2008 Women JusticeMakers