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This webpage explains what economic, social and cultural rights are, why they’re important and how they’re enforced. Economic, social, and cultural rights include the human right to work, the right to an adequate standard of living, including food, clothing, and housing, the right to physical and mental health, the right to social security, the right to a healthy environment, and the right to education.

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The purpose of this manual is to serve activists and students. This service is expected to unfold in three ways: (1) primarily as a manual for reporting to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; (2) as a resource for students, particularly those in remote locations with less access to the Internet and large English language libraries; and (3) as an educational tool in training workshops, particularly for practical topics.

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The report “Rights in the Time of COVID-19 – Lessons from HIV for an Effective, Community-Led Response” from UNAIDS presents key lessons from the AIDS response that are crucial for an effective human rights-based approach to public health emergencies. They range from tackling stigma and discrimination faced by affected individuals and communities to prioritizing measures for reaching the most vulnerable, removing human rights barriers, establishing trust between communities and public health authorities and protecting critical frontline medical staff.

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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.

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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.

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This digital security guideline, developed to help human rights defenders and journalists in Ethiopia, provides essential information on how to use mobile phones, computers, email, and the Internet in a safe and secure manner.

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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.

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Your State has committed to “ensure public access to information and protect fundamental freedoms”. This is what the Sustainable Development Goal 16.10 affirms. Is your government holding up to its commitment? You can help to monitor its progress – and contribute to it!

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The Safety of Journalists and the Danger of Impunity: Report by the UNESCO Director-General can be used to encourage governments to promote a safer environment for journalists and combat impunity for crimes against them – and hold them accountable if they don’t keep their promises. This is a 5-minute IFEX guide to the Director General’s report, and how you can use it to demand accountability for crimes against journalists.

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