This project intends to empower Human Rights Defenders (HRDs), establish institutional mechanisms and create enabling environment for HRDs to function safely in the context of COVID-19 through interventions in three major areas (i) capacity building of HRDs and CSOs networks for collective engagement to promote and protects HRD rights, enable social justice movement and democratic space; (ii) implement campaign and advocacy efforts to ensure safety of HRDs and (iii) protect the HRDs working for dalits and women.
The project is being implemented in three provinces of Western Nepal (Lumbini, Karnali and Sudurpaschim) in two phases, and was conceptualised after these provinces were hardest hit by COVID-19 mainly affecting the vulnerable segments of the community, including women, children and dalits. Activities envisioned under this project include establishing local HRD networks, conducting fight-back training focused on women and dalits, stock-taking the status of shrinking civic space in the context of COVID-19, strengthening psychosocial counselling and legal aid, and capacitating the sub-national government bodies on international human rights instruments.
About the project
Period: 1st January 2020 – 31st October 2023
Budget: 302,400 EUR
Donor: CISU – Civil Society in Development