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Join Anneke Osse and the New Tactics online community for a conversation on 'Keeping the Momentum: How to maintain commitment and credibility' from February 17 to 21, 2014.
Human rights change can take many months, years and sometimes decades to materialize. It requires endurance, of the human rights defenders to continue their advocacy, while maintaining a strong support base with the general public. And even when objectives seem to have been achieved, for example once a country has adopted a new constitution or other legislation, actual implementation can still be a challenge, again requiring for sustained monitoring and scrutiny of civil society groups, who again have to be sure they can count on their support base. This is especially important in countries where authorities attempt to isolate human rights groups as if they no longer have the support of the people they claim to be representing.
This online conversation will be an opportunity for human rights defenders to share their experiences, ideas and challenges with their peers. How are groups maintaining and nurturing the commitment of their supporters over long periods of time? How are groups addressing frustration with their own colleagues, and lost faith, or simply indifference with the general public? How to deal with counter strategies that are used in order to discredit human rights defenders over time? Join us this week to participate in this important discussion!
For help on how to participate in this conversation, please visit these online instructions. New feature: you can now add images and video to your comments!
The image above comes from our case study titled Breaking the Silence: Using popular culture to engage young people in human rights reporting that describes a number of tactics used to engage and involve young people in Poland, a segment of the population whose attention can be challenging to capture and even more difficult to hold onto.