Every day I am humbled by the courageous work undertaken by our partners and individuals who work with us, most often in dangerous and uncertain environments. Their work on the frontlines inspires me to continue my efforts to bring about a more just world for all—where everyone’s human rights are protected and respected.
Real, sustainable change can only happen from the bottom up – beginning with the individual and the community. I wanted to share with you some photos of our human rights partners who were on the frontlines for justice in 2011.
Our work is designed to foster human rights cultures that support and defend human rights for future generations. 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 look forward to our continued partnerships and bringing you more stories from the frontlines in 2012. To support our work, click here.
Happy New Year,
Posted by Susan M. Farnsworth