A similar story of an Equitas partner using the skills developed through Equitas training and coaching at the service of their community is that of Khady Sow Diop, a human rights educator, President of the Communications Commission of Réseau Sénégal pour l’Éducation aux Droits Humains (RESEDHU) and former Vice-President of La Palabre, an organization that fights for the rights of vulnerable populations in Thiès, Senegal. The inaction of government in response to the high rate of femicide in Senegal recently inspired Khady to mobilize women’s organizations who were also trained by Equitas to take action. Equitas’ human rights advocacy training helped them coordinate a public statement and press conference, and to secure commitments from local authorities, including police and religious leaders, to join them in their fight to prevent the killing of women.
“We want and have the right to live in safe spaces.” – Women’s organizations in Thies, Senegal
When those responsible fail to act, the ability of individuals to understand and advocate for their rights is crucial. Human rights education is an effective tool for empowering people to demand justice.
Equitas is proud to work with agents of change such as Lavern and Khady who are dedicated to making their communities safe, inclusive, and rights-respecting. Our work goes beyond just training and practical support – it is also human connection and solidarity that drives Equitas’ mission. Lavern and Khady demonstrate how human rights education produces a ripple effect of change, as others are encouraged to not be bystanders in their communities but to take action.