Africa Human Rights Education Project

Amnesty International’s Africa Human Rights Education Project is a four year programme aimed to enhance civil society capacity to deliver locally relevant human rights education and to improve human rights for the most disadvantaged by empowering marginalised communities to promote and defend their human rights. This project builds on the lessons learned of a previous 3-year Amnesty International human rights education initiative in West Africa.

The Africa Human Rights Education Project delivers community-level human rights education in 10 countries across East and West Africa in partnership with 20 local organisations in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Kenya, Mali, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Togo and Uganda.

Local partners mobilize community level human rights educators and activists, supporting them through training and resources, to design, deliver and evaluate a range of innovative local human rights education projects.

The Africa Human Rights Education Project anchors a culture of human rights within communities, enabling people to identify and address local human rights issues within a human rights framework. It provides communities with information on how human rights relate to their lives and the obligations duty bearers have in promoting and protecting those rights. It provides communities with the skills and tools so that they are empowered to take action to realize their rights.

The project will address diverse themes, including economic, social and cultural rights; torture; cruel or degrading treatment or punishment; and violence against women identified by partners as being prevalent human rights issues, and where there is potential to improve the human rights situation through education. Local partners and community level human rights educators and activists are supported through coordination, networking and the sharing of skills and resources.

This project is supported by the UK Department for International Development (DFID).

For more information please contact the Africa HRE Project team.

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