MONROVIA-Over thirty Human Rights Defenders benefited from a two-day intensive training that focuses among other things; Regional Advocacy Mechanisms for Human Rights Defenders, Security and Stress Management, Financial Management and Monitoring and Evaluation.

Other topics featured are Digital Safety and Introduction to the United Nations Mechanisms among others and was convened under the theme, “Our Rights, Our Safety”. 

Speaking to the participants Friday, December 9, 2022, the Executive Director of ‘Her Voice Liberia’, Cllr. Margaret Nigba challenged Human Rights Defenders to advocate with proper reliance and legal backings.

“Be on top of your game, be convincing and always persistent”, she encourages the participants.

Cllr. Nigba presenting on the topic, Regional Advocacy Mechanisms for Human Rights Defenders also calls on the Human Rights Defenders to ensure that their work should always make impact for the betterment of the society.

According to her, it is now time that Human Rights Defenders put aside their sentiments in order to ensure that they get redress to advocacy related issues.

“Her Voice Liberia Boss at the same time urges her colleagues to support each other, stating that inclusiveness and solidarity to their work and activities should be encouraged.

“Let’s build alliance and network in order for us to be stronger in addressing our issues”, she re-echoed.

Madam Nigba addressing other Human Rights related issues frowned at the lack of gender-sensitive provisions within concession agreements.

“It is key for such especially in the case of emergency with reference to the Grand Cape Mount County recent issue”, she added.

Making reference to the Grand Cape Mount County environment and or pollution and Human Rights issues, she further indicated that in the absence of such provisions, it is difficult to respond and the people normally feel the impact.

The issue, she pointed out, has a gender impact on children, women, and girls currently feeling the pinch but no one is speaking about that and it is unacceptable, she blasted.

Documentation and also proper research is also paramount for Human Rights Defenders, she lamented.

Participants at the end of the two days of intensive training lauded the organizers for the knowledge acquired and promise to utilize the necessary training in order to make a meaningful impact at their respective workplaces.

Meanwhile, the two days capacity building program was organized by “Her Voice Liberia in partnership with Defend Defenders.

Defend Defenders is the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP).

Regional human rights NGO, seeks to strengthen the work of human rights defenders (HRDs) throughout the region by reducing their vulnerability to the risk of persecution and by enhancing their capacity to effectively defend human rights.

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