This manual by and for women activists and human rights defenders that is designed to strengthen collective safety so they can continue their vital work. The manual builds on the experiences of women activists to offer practical and interactive approaches that both deepen their understanding of context, power and risk, and help them develop collective strategies and practices which keep them safer and stronger as we defend human rights.
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Social accountability is an approach towards building accountability that relies on civic engagement in which citizens participate directly or indirectly in demanding accountability from service providers and public officials. This piece explores the tools and approaches that some African social movements used to effectively drive the social accountability agenda. The tools here are respectively social media and creative arts, while the approaches will be based on their ways of mobilising and organising. We conclude by making some recommendations for donors, government, citizens and other stakeholders.
The Blueprints for Change Progressive Organizing and Campaigning Manual is a compilation of all guides produced through Blueprints for Change up till November 2019 in its current edition. This includes 14 detailed how-to guides on cutting-edge approaches to progressive organizing and mobilizing.
Cyberwomen is a digital security curriculum with a holistic and gender perspective, aimed at offering trainers with tools to provide in-person learning experiences to human rights defenders and journalists working in high-risk environments. The guide is geared towards both professional trainers and those who want to learn how to train others on their digital protection, and include gender considerations as they do so.
Globally, women face barriers to obtaining justice in their capacities as claimants, victims, witnesses or offenders, often driven by institutional, policy and legislative failure to remove discrimination, gender bias, stereotyping, stigma, indifference, corruption and impunity. This toolkit provides practical guidance on how to address these barriers across justice systems and within the contexts of: marriage, family and property rights; ending violence against women; and women in conflict with the law, with special reference to programming at country level.
The Climate Resistance Handbook brings together a wealth of learnings from the climate justice movement. It starts with breaking social myths about how social movements win. Then dives into campaign tools and frameworks you can use. It closes with how to grow your group and use creative, impactful actions and tactics.
Safety of the human rights defenders is a priority for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The purpose of this handbook is to share information to make sure that human rights defenders will understand the risks they could face due their engagement in the promotion of human rights, and what means are available to protect themselves in case of intimidation and reprisals.
This guide (guide 1) explains how communities can prepare for interactions with potential investors, including making decisions about whether or not to negotiate.
This guide (guide 2) contains advice for communities who have agreed to negotiate with a potential investor. It is designed to help communities and their frontline advocates to negotiate clear, fair, and enforceable contracts that require investors to respect community interests.
This guide looks at how metadata has been used to expose, protect and verify abuses and excesses of power. It considers exactly what metadata is contained within what format and introduces tools to extract, strip and add metadata.