In our on-going work to protect and promote human rights, it is important to acknowledge our accomplishments - no matter how small. Human rights work is a powerful and fulfilling vocation. And it is equally challenging for human rights practitioners, which is why it is important to take the time to appreciate what we've achieved.
Here at New Tactics, we know that human rights work victories come in all sizes. Achieving even small tactical goals are important steps towards reaching your human rights goals.
We invite you to take a moment to reflect on the human rights victories you've accomplished - big or small. Let's recognize and celebrate these important accomplishments. Share one or two accomplishments to this conversation by adding your comments below.
Thank you, and congratulations on all of your human rights accomplishments!
Here are a few examples of human rights accomplishments that came from our online dialogues this past year:
- The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) has facilitated a “wellness area” for participants during their international forum, where self-care, safety and security were encouraged and supported with wellness practices, as a strategy for the sustainability of the women’s movement. Additionally, AWID and the WHRD International Coalition have developed a mapping of Urgent Responses for Women Human Rights Defenders. The publication outlines different types of available responses, from action alerts to engaging UN mechanisms, from emergency grants to psycho-social support. These victories were shared in our 2012 dialogue on Tactics for sustaining the well-being and security of defenders.
- The Lebanese women’s co-op Nasawiya hosts Girl Geek Camps and other events to familiarize young girls with the power of social media and bridge gaps within diverse environments. This tactic was shared in our dialogue on Physical spaces as catalysts for greater digital citizen participation.
- In Kenya’s Mathare slums, Map Kibera mapped all public defecation areas and presented its findings at a community forum to demonstrate the lack of clean, open spaces for children to play. As a result, community members worked together to clean up the areas, and the local government began installing toilets in the neighborhoods. This accomplishment was shared in our 2012 dialogue on Empowering communities with technology tools to protect children.