Join the HURIDOCS and New Tactics communities for an online conversation on machine learning and human rights June 18-22, 2018.
Join New Tactics for a podcast conversation on the potential of podcasting in human rights activism and the power of narrative storytelling. Hosted by Gianna Brassil.
Join the New Tactics community for an online conversation on Empowering Communities for Improving Delivery of Short and Long-term Humanitarian Aid from January 29 – February 2, 2018.
Join the New Tactics community for an online conversation on Climate Justice: Embracing a Just Transition from November 27-December 1, 2017.
Join the New Tactics community for an online conversation on Sustaining Peace: Reintegrating Former Combatants into Society, September 25-29.
Join the New Tactics community for an online conversation on Advancing Access to Education for Refugees from July 24-28, 2017.
Join the New Tactics community for an online conversation on Creating and Sustaining Awareness of LGBTQI Rights from June 26-30, 2017.
Reconciliation and peacebuilding rest upon knowing as complete a picture as possible of the nature, causes, and extent of gross violations of human rights that have been committed. Investing in the education of youth is important because it expands their worldview and challenge stereotypes. By successfully doing so, youth can actively participate in shaping lasting peace and contribute to justice and reconciliation in their respective societies. For example, Canada has integrated meaningful reconciliation into classrooms and workshops to help learn about its history of colonization and think creatively about the future. South Africa has also recognized the importance of educational reform in order to address the problem of reconciliation and conflict transformation in youth. The importance of empowering youth to engage and take an active role in non-violence, dialogue, and reconciliation was at the center of this conversation of the potential roles that youth can take in truth and reconciliation at both the local and global level.
Businesses and human rights are to a large extent interdependent: businesses are able to play a positive or negative role in building human rights movements, and the position that a business takes can influence its brand in the same way. In January 2017, Uber experienced a backlash on social media that called for users to delete the app in response to the company’s decision to turn off surge pricing and continue service to the airport during the New York City taxi drivers’ strike against President Trump’s executive order on immigration. Thousands of Twitter users adopted the #DeleteUber hashtag to decry Uber’s actions, and many consumers turned to Lyft for future service, which fiercely opposed the executive order and announced a one-million dollar donation to the American Civil Liberties Union. As demonstrated in this case, businesses can impact the human rights of their employees, customers, and communities. It is important to explore the innovative ways in which businesses can participate in human rights movement building. Conversation participants discussed the tactics and strategies used to integrate businesses, both locally and internationally, in human rights movements.