Workshop on SDGs and Human Rights Defenders

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What are human rights defenders? What threats do they face because of their work? What links with the Sustainable Development Goals do they establish during their activity?

We tried to answer these and other questions during the training workshop ‘SDGs and Human Rights Defenders‘, which we designed and taught to different representatives of the Catalan public administration last October.

The workshop was organized by the Associació Catalana per la Pau and International Action for Peace, in the framework of a program of education for global justice supported by the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation.

Throughout two sessions, different workers from Catalan city councils were able to better understand how the relationship between the role of advocates and the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda is articulated.

The first session consisted of a theoretical introduction and several real cases of HRDs linked to countries such as the Philippines, Colombia or the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The second session began with a live chat with the Philippine defender Czarina Musni, threatened for her work as a lawyer and temporarily hosted in Catalonia.

Finally, the training concluded with an online game dynamic through MURAL, an application of the ZOOM program. The game posed the scenario of a human rights defender at risk, where the group has to collaborate to ensure her safety and lead her to a safe place.