The West Africa Human Rights Program (SRFDH) is the human rights education initiative of alumni of the annual International Human Rights Training Program from the West Africa region in partnership with Equitas.
The SRFDH is a regional training program which provides a unique opportunity for human rights workers, defenders, activists and educators to deepen their understanding of human rights and the essential role of human rights education in effecting and sustaining social change.
The program’s participatory methodology provides a framework for the sharing of expertise, experience and reflection among a tremendously diverse group of participants, facilitators and highly qualified resource persons.
“Everybody participates. Everybody learns. Everybody can make a difference”
– Vincenza Nazzari, Director of Education, Equitas.
The program contributes to networking at both the national and regional levels and to developing collaborative partnerships among representatives of civil society, national human rights institutions, regional, and international organizations, and governments.
Since the inception of the SRFDH, we have:
- developed a “home-grown” human rights training and education curriculum based on relevant regional human rights issues and concerns, such as the prevention of torture.
- established a pool of core human rights training facilitators with demonstrated commitment to the cause of establishing a culture of citizenship and human rights in the region.
Past program : Prevention of torture in Francophone Africa
In many African countries, international human rights standards and national laws on torture are unknown or not systematically applied. Additionally, access to legal assistance is denied to the poor and marginalized.
State actors and civil society need better tools to promote human rights and mobilize the population for the prevention of torture.
The Prevention of Torture in Francophone Africa project supports the capacity of key actors through a collaborative strategy. With large regional and national training sessions, we equip leaders of civil society, law enforcement and state institutions to act to prevent torture.
Prevention of Torture in Francophone Africa is a joint project of Equitas and International Bridges for Justice.
Equitas works in West Africa with Réseau Equitas Burkina Faso, Réseau Equitas Cameroun, Réseau Equitas Côte d’Ivoire, Réseau Equitas Sénégal pour l’éducation aux droits humains, Réseau Equitas RDC, Réseau Equitas Rwanda, L’École instrument pour la paix-Cameroun.
Our work in West Africa is part of Strengthening Human Rights Education Globally, funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada (GAC).