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The HRC blog highlights and contextualizes inspiring human rights and strategic nonviolent activism. Along with our curated library of tools and resources you can find on our website, we work to foster a community of practice and engagement within the field of human rights struggles by:

  • highlighting best practices often absent in mainstream outlets
  • amplifying the voices of smaller, underexposed grassroots organizations and nonviolent movements, and
  • creating a space for dialogue and exchange about civic engagement and activism

This online tool examines civic freedoms during the COVID-19 pandemic

During these grave and unprecedented times, new digital tools are revealing harrowing data on privacy violations and government emergency powers. This #FeaturedResourceFriday we share how an online tracking platform monitors restrictions to civic freedoms and how this tool can improve government accountability and protect civil society.   Measuring the need and effects of intervention According…


Some U.S. Embassies Are Celebrating LGBTQ Pride, Defying the Government’s Wishes

Fighting for Pride: how LGBTQ+ defenders can effectively engage with foreign embassies

Our #FeaturedResourceFriday initiative highlights and reviews notable resources in our online library. In the spotlight today, are several honorary resources to tribute Pride which was last month. Intended for LGBTQ+ defenders, this activist toolkit provides a closer look at how U.S. embassies operate and how defenders can strategically approach, request, and access different types of…



These three women activists risk their lives to defend their LGBTQ+ communities

This month, in addition to our #Womxnresist campaign, we celebrate the LGBTQ+ community by focusing on their struggles and achievements throughout the years. LGBTQ+ defenders continue to face severe hostility and discrimination worldwide. Organisations such as Shelter City provide human rights defenders (HRD’s) focused on these communities with a safe haven. We highlight three women…


‘I am that woman’ East African Women Human Rights Defenders

The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders (HRD) defines women human rights defenders as both female human rights defenders, and any other human rights defenders who work in the defence of women’s rights or on gender issues (A/HRC/16/44). Typical challenges faced by WHRDs in East Africa both in urban settlements and grassroot…


Solidarity from the Frontlines to your Fingertips

How to support racial justice before, during and after a protest, and from afar! There are countless ways to support racial justice and stand in solidarity with black communities during a pandemic. Thousands of protestors have joined the frontlines, while others have supported remotely. Regardless of which approach you take, there are strategic ways to…


Creativity, resilience, and people power: civil resistance success stories and activism tips during a pandemic

The Coronavirus pandemic has enhanced barriers to movement organizing, but it’s also proven how resilient civil resistance is. Despite fragile public health infrastructures and confinement measures, movements and organizers have skillfully redesigned their approaches to strengthen their campaigns and build people power. These methodical shifts are strategic and necessary for a movement’s survival. Not only…


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