Reading time: 4 minutes Malawi just swore in its new leader, President Lazarus Chakwera. He won a rerun election, unseating the incumbent, former President Peter Mutharika.  Mutharika had been in office since 2014, two years after his brother, President Bingu Mutharika’s demise in office.  In May 2019, elections were held in Malawi. Sitting President Mutharika was re-elected in an…

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Reading time: 3 minutes Black trans activists are on the front lines, sounding the alarm on systemic racism in the United States and abroad. As a follow up from our previous post we focus on the intersection between Black trans womxn and their role during the present-day activism. Black trans womxn suffer extreme and fatal violence at the hands…

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Reading time: 3 minutes 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…

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Reading time: 4 minutes 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…

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Reading time: 5 minutes 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…

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Reading time: 3 minutes 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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Reading time: 4 minutes We’re back with a new resource-roundup! This listicle covers the most essential resource uploads in 2019, plus a sneak peek into what we’ve added in 2020. In house you’ll find: a free digital grassroots community mapping tool, an online submission form to report Syrian violations, and a measurement tool aimed at tracking the progress of…

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Reading time: 3 minutes CIVICUS recently published their Protest Resilience Toolkit that reveals findings on protest movements around the world. This resource highlights the activist experience within movements and shares practical recommendations for human rights defenders and other global movements.

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Reading time: 3 minutes On Monday, October 14, 2019, indigenous communities joined to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day in the United States. Native activists and non-native allies work nationwide to reframe the narrative from colonialism to indigenous cultural heritage and resistance. To further the movement, here is a resource round-up of ten indigenous rights organizations you should know about.  The…

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Reading time: 2 minutes Detouring from our #FeaturedResourceFriday, we’re sharing a timely resource in honor of International Day of Non-Violence 2019.   Nonviolent action (NVA), also known as people power, political defiance, and nonviolent struggle, is a strategic way of reacting in conflict by steering away from physical violence.  NVA, as an alternative to violence, gives more opportunities to extend…

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