After launching the initiative, many human rights activists and organisations have shown interest in joining the WSF. Even though the project started developing only two months ago, it has already reached more than 3000 people within and outside of Europe. This is why we wanted to take a step further and officially open the WSF Call-for-Partnerships. In doing so, WSF Member Organisations kindly invited all those interested in human rights activism to join us on 22nd February to our Meet & Greet Session. The event took place at the Press Club Brussels.
Three member organisations were invited to present their human rights initiatives.
First of all, iCOMPASSION-UBUNTU is a social movement of Ubuntu dedicated to connecting empathy with action in order to raise awareness and inspire daily actions of compassion. Specifically, it aims to support women and children who are victims of physical and sexual violence in the Great Lakes countries (Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) through financial support and education, training and implementing autonomy. This will be achieved in close collaboration with partner organisations in those countries.
Secondly, Young Women SHINE was created as a response to improve the status quo of current conflicts, environment, and global health to create a more peaceful, healthy, and equitable society. Young Women Shine facilitates educational opportunities built on the Sustainable Development Goal 4. Their programmes are geared not only towards empowering young women and girls, but are aimed for the whole society in which women live. Among other programmes within Young Women Shine, special attention is given towards empowering the newly arrived refugees, to ease their transition and assimilation.
Last but not least, Act9 – an organisation whose work revolves around Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: ‘No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention’ presented their project ‘FromPrison’. The organisation aims to crowd source the data of detainees, then verify these data by HR organizations. This way, NGOs could reach out to the arbitrarily detained and allow them to share their stories and get their voices heard.
Ready to find out more about human rights initiatives around the world? Willing to get involved and make a change? If you would like to join the WSF team, please request the WSF Kit at firstname.lastname@example.org. One of our coordinators will get back to you as soon as possible with all insights on the project.