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Tactics for Sustaining Well-being & Security of Defenders

Join the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and the New Tactics online community of practitioners for an online dialogue on Tactics for sustaining the well-being and security of defenders.

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13th June 2012 16:18

Alessia Valenza

Source: AWID

New Tactics has hosted a number of dialogues on keeping human rights defenders safe and well: Staying Safe: Security Resources for Human Rights Defenders (July 2010), Self-Care for Activists: Sustaining Your Most Valuable Resource (Sept 2010) and Being Well and Staying Safe: Resources for human rights defenders (June 2011). Through these conversations, New Tactics was able to bring together human rights defenders in the field, organizations that work to support defenders, funders, trainers, mental health practitioners and others interested in well-being and security. From this base of individuals, organizations and information, New Tactics is excited to host a dialogue that focuses on the next steps and tactics in sustaining the well-being and security of defenders, with particular attention being paid to the needs of Women Human Rights Defenders.

This dialogue will be an opportunity to explore the innovate ways that practitioners are support their well-being and security as well as their colleagues. Join us on June 20 to exchange tactics, ideas and resources for sustaining the well-being and security of defenders!

The featured resource practitioners committed to help lead this dialogue, include:

Analia Penchaszadeh and Katherine Ronderos (co-facilitators) of the Women Human Rights Defenders Initiative, Association for Women’s Rights in Development, Argentina and Colombia
Sarah Willcox of the Scholar Rescue Fund, United States
Emily Jacobi – Executive Director and Founder of Digital Democracy, United States
Marie Caraj – (Co-Founder of Protection International) freelance consultant and trainer on protection & security for HRD and other vulnerable groups, Belgium
Lin Chew of the Institute for Women’s Empowerment (IWE), Hong Kong
Susannah Vila – Co-Founder of the engine room, United States
Tolekan Ismailova – Director of Citizens Against Corruption, Kyrgyzstan
Edna Aquino of the Global Campaign to Stop Stoning and Killing Women (SKSW Campaign)
Shalini Nataraj of the Global Fund for Women, United States
Jessica Wrenn – Senior Program Officer for the American Jewish World Service (AJWS), United States
Becky Hurwitz – Codesign Facilitator and Community Organizer at the MIT Center for Civic Media, United States
Hope Chigudu – founder of the Zimbabwe Women’s Resource Centre and Network (ZWRCN), Zimbabwe
Jane Barry – author of What’s the Point of the Revolution if We Can’t Dance? (with Jelena Djordjevic, 2007), United States
Enrique Eguren – Director of the Research and Training Unit for Protection International, Belgium
Patricia Smith, Founder of Compassion Fatigue Awareness Project, United States
Sandra Ljubinkovic – Gender and development consultant, Serbia
Keely Tongate of the Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights, United States
Lizzy Openshaw of the International Service for Human Rights, Switzerland
Yvonne Deutsch – social worker, counselor and group facilitator of workshops on well-being for activists, Israel
Marina Bernal – Artemisa´s Coordinator, private consultant, therapist for LGBTQ people, trainer on self-care and author of the manual: Self-Care and Self-Defense for Feminist Activist , Mexico-Colombia
Sidd Joag – Director of freeDimensional, United States

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