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Concept Note
The attached document provides the concept and an outline of the 2018 Human Rights Defenders Forum.
Voice and Choice: What Young Women Want
Voice & Choice: What Young Women Want is 4GGL’s preliminary report presenting the voices of adolescent girls and young women from all over the world who participated in the first-ever Women’s Empowerment Global Survey. This document is included in the 2016 Human Rights Defenders Forum Briefing Book.
Conclusions of the 2018 Human Rights Defenders Forum
Nearly 70 activists, peacemakers, and religious and community leaders from at least 25 countries will come together July 21-24 for the Carter Center’s annual Human Rights Defenders Forum to discuss “Restoring Faith in Freedom.” - Remarks Andrew Gilmour, representative of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights - Remarks by Canadian Senator Mobina Jaffer - Remarks by President Carter - Moderated discussion - Livestream Q&A with President Carter (4:30 to 4:50 p.m.) - Farewells
Voice of a Practitioner in Nigeria – Fatima Akilu
Dr. Fatima Akilu is a university educator and an advocate for marginalized groups working in the area of psychology and health for more than two decades. She has had extensive experience working with forensic dually diagnosed mentally retarded women, violent offenders, and sex offenders. Previously head of communication for the Senior Special Assistant to the President on the Millennium Development Goals, she is currently Chairman Editorial Board Leadership Newspapers. Dr. Akilu was until recently the director of the Behavioral Analysis and Strategic Communication unit that has developed a multi-pronged approach to countering violent extremism (CVE) that consists of prison deradicalization, counter radicalization geared at building community resilience, and a strategic communication effort including public diplomacy and messaging. Nigeria’s CVE program, which she designed, also includes policy changes in the areas of education and mental health through the provision of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) counseling. Akilu is also a children’s writer and hosts a weekly radio show Radio Psych, which discusses social and psychological issues. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English, a master’s in research methods in psychology and Ph.D. in psychology from Reading University. In this podcast episode from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Dr. Akilu discusses her role as the founder of the Nigerian government’s deradicalization program, the importance of psychological and social programming to provide youth with positive alternatives to violent extremism, and the nexus of development and security at the community level. Her unique perspective as a psychologist – and as a woman in a field dominated by men – provides deeper insight into the future of countering violent extremism.
Restoring the Social Contract
Nearly 70 activists, peacemakers, and religious and community leaders from at least 25 countries will come together July 21-24 for the Carter Center’s annual Human Rights Defenders Forum to discuss “Restoring Faith in Freedom.” Topics will include economic and social rights, building faith in institutions, strengthening the social contract, and the recent backlash again human rights defenders. The forum also will showcase the experiences of the courageous women and men on the front lines of the fight for human rights. Discussion moderated by Radhika Balakrishnan, with Graça Fonseca, Sec. of State for Administrative Modernization, Portugal; Ignacio Saiz, Center for Economic and Social Rights; and Soledad García Muñoz, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Argentina.
Countering Extremism through The Classroom
Published in The Express Tribune, January 3rd, 2015. Mossarat Qadeem wrotes as an expert on countering violent extremism and the Executive Director of PAIMAN Trust.In this article, she offers strategies for using peace education with children from an early age, to counter violent extremism. This article appeared in the briefing book for the 2016 Human Rights Defenders Forum.
Biographies
Biographies of attendees at the 2018 Human Rights Defenders Forum held at The Carter Center in Atlanta, July 21-24, 2018.
A Call for Peace, Dignity, and Justice
The call to action document created at the 2016 Human Rights Defenders Forum.
Agenda
The attached document contains the agenda for the 2018 Human Rights Defenders Forum.
United Nations Agreements—A Framework for Accountability
This document includes text from UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and Goal 16 of the Sustainable Development Goals, each of which touches on the need to create just and inclusive societies, with equal access to transparent national institutions, and a voice for all peoples in post-conflict decision making. This document was included in the briefing book for the 2016 Human Rights Defenders Forum.
HRDF18 Social Media Toolkit
Click the link at right for hashtags, links, and images related to the 2018 Human Rights Defenders Forum providing information on how to watch and participate online and in social media.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights 70th Anniversary
In 2018, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will celebrate its 70th anniversary. It remains as relevant today as it was in 1948. To highlight what the Universal Declaration means for people in their everyday lives, UN Human Rights has launched a year-long campaign building on the existing Stand Up for Human Rights campaign. It will culminate on 10 December 2018.
Pres. Jimmy Carter & Sen. Bernie Sanders in Conversation
President Jimmy Carter and Senator Bernie Sanders discuss the current state of human rights around the world and in U.S. policy. The event took place during the 2017 Human Rights Defenders Forum at The Carter Center in Atlanta.
Reinforcing the Front Lines of Freedom
Nearly 70 activists, peacemakers, and religious and community leaders from at least 25 countries will come together July 21-24 for the Carter Center’s annual Human Rights Defenders Forum to discuss “Restoring Faith in Freedom.” Topics will include economic and social rights, building faith in institutions, strengthening the social contract, and the recent backlash again human rights defenders. The forum also will showcase the experiences of the courageous women and men on the front lines of the fight for human rights. Patricia Gaulinga Montalvo, native people of Sarayaku, Ecuador; Jorge Santos, Udefegua, Guatemala; Gretchen Gordon, Coalition for Human RIghts in Development, USA
Voice of a Practitioner in Pakistan - Mossarat Qadeem
Ms. Qadeem is co-founder of PAIMAN Alumni Trust, a nonprofit group promoting sociopolitical and economic empowerment of marginalized Pakistanis. With PAIMAN, she established the country’s first center for conflict transformation and peacebuilding, which has helped thousands of young people and women across the Federally Administered Tribal Areas and Khyber Pukhtunkwa province to prevent and resolve conflict. Their contribution is the development of PAIMAN's Mothers and Youth Peace Groups (TOLANA) an innovative way of neutralizing extremist tendencies through community mobilization, active citizenship and community empowerment for building social cohesion. Using Quran and Sunnah as the basis of alternate narrative to extremists’ narrative that they have developed and uses to reform and transform the extremist youth is other great achievement of her organization. Ms. Qadeem is an internationally known expert on countering violent extremism and de-radicalization and has contributed to the policy framework development of UNDTEC New York, UNWomen. She was a minister of information of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa Province in the interim government and remains a member of FATA Reform Commission. In this episode of the Center for Strategic International Studies podcast, Mossarat shares her experience as a practitioner countering violent extremism at the grassroots levels in some of the most conflict-affected areas of Pakistan. She talks about the importance of building trust at the community-level and the contributions women can make to peace and security – locally and globally.
Restoring Faith in Freedom
Opening the final day of the 2018 Human Rights Defenders Forum at The Carter Center in Atlanta. - Welcome by Carter Center CEO Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters - Opening remarks by President Carter, “Restoring Faith in Freedom” - Remarks by Radhika Balakrishnan, Rutgers University - Remarks by Rev. Traci Blackmon, United Church of Christ
Mobilizing Action for Women and Girls in West Africa
The report from The Carter Center's Human Rights Defenders Forum hosted by the National Chief Imam of Ghana in Accra, Dec. 7-9, 2015.
Logistics
The attached document contains important logistical information including arrival, hotel, medical, and transportation during the 2018 Human Rights Defenders Forum. Please click the link on your right to download the entire document.
2016 Stockholm Forum on Security and Development Conference Report
This report outlines the 2016 forum, co-hosted by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) and the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs. This forum challenged high-level experts to examine the implementation framework of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to ensure that no one is left behind. This document is included in the briefing book for the 2016 Human Rights Defenders Forum.
Restoring Faith in Freedom
The final statement of the 2018 Human Rights Defenders Forum, held at The Carter Center in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, July 22-24, 2018
Human Rights Defenders Forum 2018
More than 60 activists, peacemakers, and community leaders from at least 25 countries will come together July 21-24 for the Carter Center’s annual Human Rights Defenders Forum to discuss “Restoring Faith in Freedom.” Topics will include economic and social rights, building faith in institutions, strengthening the social contract, and the recent backlash against human rights defenders. The Forum also will showcase the experiences of the courageous women and men on the front lines of the fight for human rights. Please use the resources below to familiarize yourself with the 2018 Human Rights Defenders Forum.