Find out how human rights organizations are using tactics to create change
Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) in India (also known as Save the Childhood Foundation), is working to create a society where all children are free from exploitation and receive quality education. BBA translated New Tactics materials into Hindi and distributed them at training workshops for leaders, community stakeholders and policy makers, bringing legitimacy and awareness to the issue of child trafficking. As a result, the BBA was able to influence policy makers to include trafficking in current labor legislation, build a large network of anti-trafficking advocates, and bring the issue of child labor to the forefront of public awareness.
When Amnesty International (AI) Mongolia translated and began using New Tactics in Human Rights: A Resource for Practitioners, they became an important conduit for inspiring tactical innovation for NGOs in Mongolia. They held trainings, and dispersed the book to key human rights actors in the area. Most notably, AI Mongolia urged the National Federation of the Blind to use New Tactics to change their current advocacy tactic of using organized hunger strikes. As a result, the National Federation of the Blind organized a crawl demonstration, drawing considerably more public attention for the rights of individuals with disabilities than did their previous tactic.
Citizens Against Corruption (CAC) in Kyrgyzstan used a New Tactics notebook about human rights improvements in Northern Ireland, to learn new methods for monitoring prisons to try to prevent forced confessions and torture. Another notebook, from South Africa, offered guidance on tracking local government budgets in ways that could improve the socioeconomic conditions of residents. CAC has translated New Tactics publications into both Russian and Kyrgyz, to get information about new approaches to the widest number of people and used New Tactics materials to create seminars and workshops about women’s issues, the impact of mining on communities, and the legal rights of victims of injustice.
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