Workshop on SDGs and Human Rights Defenders


Who 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, as part of an educational program for global justice system, supported by the Catalan Agency for Development Cooperation.

Throughout the two sessions we carried, different workers from Catalan city councils were able to understand better what exactly is the relationship between the role of advocates and the fulfillment of the 2030 Agenda and how it can be expressed.

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, applicatio hosted via ZOOM program. The game was based on the scenario of a human rights defender at risk, in which the group has to collaborate to ensure their safety and lead them to a safe place.