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Why True Legal Victories for Human Rights Depend on Grassroots Activists

Consider the landmark human rights victories of our age: winning the U.S. federal right to marriage equality, the Roe v. Wade' decision, the creation of the International Criminal Court, and the passage of U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325 mandating women's role in peace-building. The collective memory of the human rights advocacy community and of popular discourse tends to enshrine these wins into singular moments — as a celebrated arrival at a destination after a long journey.

However, the first step of any successful journey begins by understanding your destination and choosing the right map to get there. 

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