TRANE-AFRICA Launches Crisis Rapid Response Fund to Support Local Youth Human Rights Defenders in Emergency Situations in Sub Saharan Africa amid Corona Virus Pandemic
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- Emergency fund launched to support local, young human rights defenders targeting $500,000 in global commitments
- Governments, foundations, companies and individuals urged to contribute additional funds
- The fund is part of TRANET-Africa’s “Save lives, Preserve Human Rights!” campaign to help rights defenders to operate through COVID pandemic and beyond.
TRANET-Africa today launches a rapid response fund to help small, local young human rights defenders, bloggers and writers using innovative ways to uphold human rights, hold government accountable, and sensitize their communities on how to stay safe during this global pandemic and to provide, immediate and emergency support to vulnerable young human rights defenders affected in various ways. The fund will be made available immediately and is targeting to raise $500,000 and above in donations to provide immediate support for young human rights defenders affected in various ways across the region.
In this time of international pandemic, access to human rights violations are at the worst. Some diseases that cost lives continue to be neglected, young people continue to be the worst hit since they have limited to no access to gainful economic ventures. At this time, young human rights defenders continue to foster and uphold human rights in their respective capacities, but they are affected in various and distinct ways. Young people’s ability to uphold rights, foster accountable leadership and demand for the relevant service delivery amid this moment and beyond is important and can save lives.. Young human rights defenders play a pivotal role in advancing accountability, widening civic space and fostering rights in a situation of global pandemic, yet they now face enormous new challenges in doing so.
The new Crisis Rapid Response Fund will give TRANET-Africa local partners and members and individual independent youth human rights defenders – such as writivists, Artivists, bloggers, community social media activists among others in primarily Uganda, secondarily in Eastern Africa and across the African continent access to emergency funding so they can continue to operate in increasingly dire economic conditions and sustain their advocacy work or get protection at times of serious risk.
TRANET-AFRICA will immediately provide this fund and is calling on donors globally to contribute significantly to this amount. This will help to ensure information is provided where it is most needed: in some of the world’s hardest to reach communities, where healthcare and sanitation services are already under huge strain.
The fund will be the cornerstone of the campaign: “save lives, preserve human rights” which aims to raise funds to help additional local and community young defenders, especially in countries where such organizations struggle to exist.
TRANET-Africa will additionally invest to provide advisory and capacity building services to young defenders offering free advice and expertise on advancing rights in anon confrontational and nonviolent manner.
The global pandemic crisis is tantamount to rights crisis, and human rights defenders are the first responders. They provide essential information on the status of the virus in their communities, how health services are responding, on changes in policy and community norms, and – importantly – they hold governments to account. These first responders need our help.
In an emergency, young energetic and creative defenders save lives in various ways. Please help donate to them the front line actors.
TRANET-Africa has nearly five years’ experience working with young people defending human rights in their diversity, advancing accountable leadership, good governance, democracy and social justice and women’s rights among others in some of the most challenging environments in Sub- Saharan Africa.
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