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In December 2014, New Tactics in Human Rights MENA Initiative and AHEL, a social enterprise registered as a training company, unveiled a unique collaboration which provided a method-merging training to benefit human rights advocates in the region. It is important to note that collaborative efforts do not emerge overnight – successful collaborations take time.
It is with sadness that the New Tactics team announces the departure of Susan Atwood. Susan has served as the New Tactics Program Manager for the past 2 years. Prior to this, she served as a long-time volunteer with the program. During her tenure, she was instrumental in mentoring, stewarding, and maximizing the expertise of our New Tactics team, both at headquarters in St. Paul, Minnesota and in our Middle East North Africa regional office in Amman, Jordan.
What is intersectionality?
Foremost, intersectionality is a tool for revealing and transforming the interworkings of power and oppression. Therefore, it is a powerful tool for realizing human rights for all. In its most popular form, many understand it to be a method for revealing the multiple dimensions of our social identities, e.g., how we simultaneously experience our race, gender, class, age, ability and so forth as unique experiences of privilege and/or discrimination. While it is important to understand how these social identities function together, the focus on identity politics often comes at the cost of overshadowing (or ignoring) the more transformative aims of intersectionality, which is the deconstruction and dismantling of systems of power and oppression.
Happy New Year from all of us at New Tactics in Human Rights!
The following video was created in coordination with the Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) as part of their campaign to combat the stigma of people with HIV/AIDS.
As my first posting on the New Tactics website I thought I would take the opportunity to introduce myself to you, the New Tactics Community. My name is Brent Jensen and I am delighted to begin work as the Online Community Coordinator for New Tactics.
We’re thrilled to announce the launch of our online Strategy Toolkit, available in both English and Arabic!
Our online Strategy Toolkit is a collection of resources and tools for building strategic thinking and tactical innovation. We’ve organized the material using the tested framework of our in-person trainings. We call this framework the 5 Steps to Strategic Effectiveness Method.
This resource has been developed primarily for human rights advocates, their organizations, coalitions, and networks to help better understand the importance and need for strategic thinking and to provide tools to help examine and determine what tactics might best help advance efforts to make change.
We’re trying something different this month! We’re adding four 30-minute Google Hangouts to our online discussion on Working safely and effectively with documentation tools. Join us for these Google Hangouts, watch the recordings in the online discussion, and add your comments throughout the week! Everything starts on Monday, June 9!
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In the last few years, human rights defenders in the Middle East and North Africa region have been buoyed by hope for change and challenged by chaotic upheavals. Join us for a discussion about the challenges and accomplishments of human rights groups in the region.