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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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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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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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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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PopularResistance.org is a resource and information clearinghouse for resistance movements. Its mission is to aid in bringing movements for peace and economic, racial and environmental justice together into an independent, nonviolent and diverse movement that can end the power of concentrated wealth, shift power to the people and put human needs before corporate greed. They…

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The UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is the principal intergovernmental body dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Read this 5-minute IFEX guide to learn about ways to engage with Commission to promote gender equality in your freedom of expression advocacy work.

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The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) puts each UN member state’s human rights record under the microscope every five years, but requires the active engagement of civil society to make the most of it. Read this 5-minute explainer to learn how you can participate and translate its outcomes into action on the ground.

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The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) is a crucial player in efforts to promote and protect human rights in the Americas region. Find out how you can use it to bolster your free expression advocacy.

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