Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Our Blog, Our Partners, and What Drives Us

Hello! I’m Susan Farnsworth, the Executive Director of Global Rights. And welcome to our blog, Frontline Justice.  I think it’s a fitting name that best describes our mission and our work.  We’re a human rights organization working side by side with local activists across Africa, Latin America, and Asia. 
In Frontline Justice, I’ll be telling you how we’re working with our local partners to defend human rights for future generations. 
So why are we so passionate about our work at Global Rights?  What drives us here is supporting lasting, systematic change. The fight for human rights is a global struggle: our activists face countless challenges, immense discrimination, and hostile threats.  Our goal is to provide our partners with the necessary legal empowerment tools to break these barriers.
And I believe that real, sustainable change can only happen from the bottom up – beginning with the individual and the community.  Our work is designed to support and learn from exceptional local leaders across the globe.  For example:

Access to Justice: In Afghanistan, we’re training the future generation of young lawyers. You can check out Enjilla and Abdullah’s story here.

Women’s Rights: In Morocco, we’re mobilizing women to pass legislation to combat gender-based violence.  A ratified bill would be the first of its kind of the Arab world. See how Zahira became a leader for this movement

Racial and Ethnic Equality:
 In Peru, we’re mobilizing the Afro-Peruvian community to use regional and international bodies like the Organization of American States to combat discrimination.  Click here for photos. 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) Rights:
In Sierra Leone, we are training partners in the LGBTI community and network to monitor and document human rights violations.  

Natural Resources and Human Rights: With our Congo-Brazzaville partners, we are taking documented human rights violations resulting from natural resource exploitation and advocating with the government to implement change.  

I invite you to follow us and listen to the stories and insights of our partners on the frontlines. I welcome your comments and feedback. You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep in touch daily with all the frontline justice that is going on around the world.  

Welcome again to Frontline Justice,


Posted by Susan M. Farnsworth

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