Invitation: Critical Conversation #2 – In Defence of our Own

Social justice leaders active in community organising face increased threat of physical violence, malicious litigation, and reputational attacks. While what is usually described as ‘protection for human rights defenders’ has traditionally focused on physical safety and the enforcement of legal protections, social factors that contribute to a shrinking of the space for civic action need more attention: patriarchy and misogyny; the prevalence of violence, particularly gender-based violence; communities who struggle to survive economically; and a generally more conservative political environment in the region.

The 2nd Critical Conversation will be an online dialogue space that will reflect on the question:

What practical measures can communities themselves take to protect and defend local community-based organisers/activists facing threat?

Civil society organisations, faith institutions and individuals can register here to explore how they can be in solidarity with community struggles.