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Stories from the front lines of COVID-19

As COVID-19 spreads across the globe, daily life has come to a standstill for millions—but for local leaders and grassroots organizers, their work is just beginning.

From Latin America to Sub-Saharan Africa, Fund-backed activists and organizations are working tirelessly to protect the health, safety, and rights of their communities. Below, you can read their inspiring stories #fromthefrontlines of the pandemic in the Global South.

The Fund was built for a moment like this. Our model of flexible funding and strategic assistance enables our partners to adapt their work, reallocate resources, and provide the support their communities need.

Help us ensure frontline activists and community leaders have the resources necessary to safeguard fundamental human rights and defend vulnerable or marginalized populations. With your support, we will weather this storm—together.

Blogs

Approach, COVID-19 Response, Leadership

Art, Activism, and NGO Storytelling: Highlights from a Discussion Between James Logan and Ekow Eshun

October 21, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

COVID-19 Response, Honduras, India, Philippines

Fund-supported Groups Are Tackling Hunger On World Food Day

October 16, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
In the News

Approach, COVID-19 Response, Leadership

What Kind of Support Do Human Rights Activists Need During COVID-19?

September 28, 2020 by David Mattingly
In the News

Activists Resisting Restrictions, COVID-19 Response

Civic Space Another of COVID-19’s Victims

September 23, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

COVID-19 Response, Impact, Land and Resource Rights, Uganda

In Uganda, Community Radio Educates People About COVID-19—and Human Rights

September 9, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
In the News

COVID-19 Response, Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Sub Saharan Africa

West Africa Beat Ebola. But Did It Learn From It?

September 3, 2020 by John Kabia
Blogs

Activists Resisting Restrictions, COVID-19 Response, Kenya, Sub Saharan Africa

Meet the Nationwide Coalition Supporting Human Rights Defenders in Kenya

August 25, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

COVID-19 Response, El Salvador, Latin America, Women's Rights

A Hotline Providing Hope for Women Facing Abuse in El Salvador

August 18, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

COVID-19 Response, Honduras, Impact, India, Latin America, South Asia, Women's Rights

UPDATE: Frontline Activists Step Up for the Sex Worker Community

August 11, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

Children's and Youth Rights, COVID-19 Response, Sub Saharan Africa, Uganda

Working to Address Remote Learning Gaps in Uganda

August 6, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
In the News

COVID-19 Response, India, Leadership

Dismantling Inequality Must Be Part of the Pandemic Response

July 31, 2020 by Regan Ralph
Blogs

COVID-19 Response, India, Labor Rights, Migrants' Rights, South Asia

Nepali Laborers Win a Decisive Victory in Northern India

July 30, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

COVID-19 Response, Labor Rights, Philippines, Southeast Asia

Opening Doors of Dialogue during COVID-19

July 25, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

Approach, COVID-19 Response

Announcing the COVID-19 Grassroots Justice Fund

July 20, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

Activists Resisting Restrictions, COVID-19 Response, Honduras, Impact, India, Kenya, Latin America, Migrants' Rights, Nigeria, North Africa and the Mediterranean, Philippines, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Spain, Sub Saharan Africa, Tunisia, Women's Rights

How Are Human Rights Defenders Responding to COVID-19?

July 15, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

Activists Resisting Restrictions, Approach, COVID-19 Response

Three Ways to Create Hope During COVID-19

July 7, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

COVID-19 Response, LGBTQ Rights, North Africa and the Mediterranean, Tunisia

Celebrate Pride With This Tunisian Comic about LGBTQ Life in Lockdown

June 30, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

COVID-19 Response, India, Labor Rights, South Asia, Women's Rights

Creating a Lifeline for Domestic Workers in India

June 25, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
In the News

Activists Resisting Restrictions, COVID-19 Response, Impact

How Civil Society is Fighting Back Against Coronavirus Crackdowns

June 24, 2020 by James Savage
Blogs

COVID-19 Response, Honduras, Impact, Latin America

Inspired by the Garifuna, Honduran Activists Offer Community Meals in the Capital

June 17, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

COVID-19 Response, LGBTQ Rights, Sub Saharan Africa, Uganda

UPDATE: Ugandan Activists Rally to Defend Arrested LGBTQ Youth

June 9, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

COVID-19 Response, Latin America, Mexico, Migrants' Rights

Ensuring Answers for Families of Migrants Lost to the Pandemic

June 5, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

COVID-19 Response, Indigenous Communities' Rights, Kenya, Myanmar, Nigeria, Thailand, Uganda, Women's Rights

Local Activists Play a Vital Role in Public Health

June 2, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
In the News

Activists Resisting Restrictions, COVID-19 Response, Leadership

What Covid-19 Means For Equity And Inclusion

May 28, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

Activists Resisting Restrictions, COVID-19 Response, Impact, Nigeria, Sub Saharan Africa

Nigerian Civil Society Pushes Back on Draconian Disease Bill

May 21, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

Children's and Youth Rights, COVID-19 Response, Impact, Sierra Leone, Sub Saharan Africa

In Sierra Leone, Community Leaders Are Learning from the Ebola Crisis to Safeguard Children

May 15, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

COVID-19 Response, Impact, Indigenous Communities' Rights, Myanmar, Southeast Asia, Women's Rights

As Myanmar’s Military Advances, Karen Groups Call for Peace – and Offer Relief

May 13, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

COVID-19 Response, Impact, Morocco, Philippines, Uganda, Women's Rights

Local Activists Support Women Living in Lockdown with Their Abusers

May 7, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

COVID-19 Response, Impact, India, Labor Rights, South Asia

Local Leaders Fight for Rights and Relief on India’s Tea Plantations

May 4, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

Children's and Youth Rights, COVID-19 Response, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sub Saharan Africa

Ensuring the Well-Being and Rights of Children in the DRC Through the Pandemic

April 29, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
In the News

Approach, COVID-19 Response, Leadership

Philanthropists Must Step Up and Adapt to Support Local Community Action

April 29, 2020 by David Mattingly
Blogs

COVID-19 Response, Honduras, Impact, Indigenous Communities' Rights, Latin America

Local Leaders Combat Food Insecurity in Honduras

April 27, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
In the News

COVID-19 Response, Honduras, India, Latin America, Leadership, South Asia

As a Global Food Crisis Looms, Local Leaders Offer Solutions

April 24, 2020 by Regan Ralph
Blogs

Activists Resisting Restrictions, COVID-19 Response, Impact, Nigeria, Sub Saharan Africa

Facing Restrictive Emergency Measures, Nigerian Activists Unite To Overcome

April 14, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

COVID-19 Response, Indigenous Communities' Rights, Philippines, Southeast Asia

Meet the Indigenous Peoples in the Philippines Helping Communities Face the Pandemic

April 9, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
In the News

Approach, COVID-19 Response, Leadership, Sub Saharan Africa

Community Activists and Action are Key to the COVID-19 Response

April 6, 2020 by Regan Ralph
Blogs

COVID-19 Response, Impact, Migrants' Rights, Morocco, North Africa and the Mediterranean

Pivoting to Protect the Health and Rights of Migrants in Morocco

April 3, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

Activists Resisting Restrictions, COVID-19 Response, Honduras, Impact, Latin America

Honduran Police Abuse Pandemic Powers, Local Activists Push Back

April 1, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

COVID-19 Response, Impact, India, Labor Rights, South Asia

Supporting Indian Workers Whose Livelihoods Disappeared Overnight

March 27, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

Activists Resisting Restrictions, COVID-19 Response, Impact, Kenya, Sub Saharan Africa

Kenya’s Coastal Community Comes Together to Form COVID-19 Response Team

March 25, 2020 by Fund for Global Human Rights
Blogs

Approach, COVID-19 Response, Leadership

Human Rights and COVID-19: A Message from our CEO

March 23, 2020 by Regan Ralph
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