Congolese citizens have been forced to walk a tightrope between leaving or staying, bribing or abstaining, silencing themselves or shouting, dying or living. As a Burundian living within sight of eastern DRC, I have watched the human rights crisis unfold and deepen. Still, a border always operates as a buffer between perceptions and realities. I always wondered if there was more to DRC than darkness, and during my visit I realized that if I am to offer a deeper level of engagement to groups working there, I must start by taking a closer look at this vast and resource-rich country.
Pascal Wana and his wife, Betty Kusemererwa seated outside their home in Rwamutonga, Uganda. The couple and their children were one of 250 families violently evicted from their land by Ugandan security forces in August 2014. Pascal’s vision was irreparably damaged during the eviction. Photo by Robert Mentov December 14, 2018 By Carolyn Ziv, Fund […]
December 10, 2018 By Carolyn Ziv, Fund Staff × Helena Maleno advocates for greater protections for migrants in Morocco, in border areas, and on the Mediterranean Sea—where thousands die every year attempting the journey to Europe. A member of rights group Caminando Fronteras, she runs a hotline where people can report migrant ships in distress […]
December 3, 2018 By Carolyn Ziv, Fund Staff When Besma Marzouk came to work one morning in mid-2017, she found that the factory she had labored in for 22 years had closed—all without warning, explanation, or two months’ backpay. “I started at the factory…[when] I was 14-years-old,” she recalled in an interview with the Fund […]
October 16, 2018 By Carolyn Ziv, Fund Staff With its fertile land and lengthy coastline along Lake Albert, western Uganda’s Hoima District is brimming with natural resources. For generations, the bulk of the region’s population has sustained itself through fishing and agriculture—pulling in net after net of Nile perch and tilapia, and growing crops like […]
September 21, 2018 By Carolyn Ziv, Fund staff On a hot and sunny day last July, Jaimini, Sailesh, and their young daughter arrived at the local Nari Adalat—or ‘women’s court’—in their home town of Vadodara, India. The couple was seeking help working through marital issues involving Sailesh’s family, who were harassing Jaimini for not meeting […]
September 13, 2018 By David Mattingly, Vice President for Programs A week after India’s Supreme Court struck down a colonial-era legal provision used to criminalize same-sex sexual relations and undermine the rights to privacy and choice, activists across the country are still celebrating—and here at the Fund for Global Human Rights, we are rejoicing with […]
John Kabia is the Fund for Global Human Rights’ Program Officer for Thematic Initiatives. With over six years of experience managing Fund programs in West Africa, John has seen the region and the Fund’s work greatly evolve. We sat down with him to learn about the human rights challenges currently facing West Africa, and how […]
An openly trans woman in her mid-20s, Sana fights for the rights of people like her at Swatantra—the Indian transgender rights organization she founded in 2016. A Fund grantee, Swatantra’s mission is to prevent others from experiencing the discrimination and abuse Sana endured as a child and young adult—experiences that were fresh in Sana’s mind during a recent interview with the Fund.
Mambo Zawadi and Julienne Lusenge of Fund grantee SOFEPADI. Photo courtesy of SOFEPADI. June 11, 2018 By Chloe Gilot, Program Intern Victoria* was 17 years old when Mambo Zawadi arrived at her school in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As the Executive Director of Female Solidarity for Integrated Peace and Development (SOFEPADI), Zawadi spoke […]