Human Rights

Four Easy Steps for the Non-Activist to Participate in

FAWCO’S 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE  (written by Mary Stange, edited by Karen Castellon, contributions from Tonya Teichert and Rhonda Staudt)


What is the “16 Days of Activism” campaign?


It's a 16-day international campaign, from November 25 to December 10, to challenge violence against women and...

Mary Akrami

By Melissa Ruggles (AWC Amsterdam) —FAWCO Women, Peace & Security Chair

As I browse the latest news and research on UNSCR 1325 and women’s participation in peace processes, I just start to feel sad and frustrated. I ask myself why, in 2019, are women not involved in peace processes more often? Considering that we comprise 50 percent of the global...

I highly recommend the movie, Capernaum, which I saw at the Edinburgh International Film Festival the night before the FAWCO conference last March. I watched the movie in the original language (Arabic and Ampharic) with English subtitles. It contains strong language, references to child abuse and drug misuse.

Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) is a young boy living with his family...

World Refugee Day is June 20th

This content was originally published as a FAWCO-wide awareness raising campaign for World Refugee Day 2018 by the FAWCO Target Program for Education. The following is credited to Julie Lehr, Lauren Mescon and Tricia Saur.

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  1. WALK/RUN: Most refugees don’t "get out" by plane with their belongings, most have no...

Juneteenth celebrations mark the abolition of slavery on June 19th in the United States.  Many African-Americans celebrate this date instead of the Fourth of July.  If your people do not have a history of slavery, perhaps you didn't know this.  Now we know.  

Juneteenth website


Julie Mowat (AWC The Hague), Human Rights Team Co-Chair



Looking for some training on being a Human Rights Defender?  Wondering what this all means? Amensty International offers an on-line course, available free of charge (although for $49 you can get an official certificate of completion) that you can take in a 4 week period:  Amnesty's Human Rights Defender course.

As you begin the course, you will very soon come across...

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