RWANDA 2020

Engaging Youth to Advocate for Accountability and Good Governance

Citizen Voice and Actions

$50,000

To engage youth in the decision-making process and empower them to advocate for accountability and good governance.  The organization will host monthly school debates to discuss governance and public policies that will accompany an awareness raising campaign on good governance.  The grantee will host a series of roundtables on including youth issues in national policies.  Finally, they will host two policy dialogues to engage youth in the local decision-making process and reducing violence against women and girls.

Promoting a Culture of Peace, Citizen Participation, and Democratic Governance

Organisation For Peace and Development

$45,500

To promote citizen participation and democratic governance in Rwanda, the organization will first engage local authorities to establish areas of agreement and encourage participation in their workshops. The grantee will then hold a series of large meetings with citizens at community assemblies from various districts to discuss constitutional rights, the responsibilities of citizens, and the obligation of the state.  Finally, the organization will host several workshops on peace and good governance and broadcast quarterly radio debates on these topics.

Promoting Freedom of Expression, Association, and Assembly for Sexual Minorities

Human Rights First Rwanda Association

$50,000

To build a network of advocates for the rights of sexual minorities and to advocate for the right of association and legal registration of LGBTQ organizations in Rwanda. The grantee will host a series of meetings with LGBTQ organizations to coordinate messaging and improve national and regional collaboration.  The organization will host advocacy trainings and engage journalists, CSOs, and legal professionals to advocate for sexual minorities in Rwanda.  Finally, the organization will provide legal aid to LGBTQ individuals facing illegal discrimination.  

Promoting Youth Engagement on Human Rights Issues

Ejo Youth Echo

$42,000

To strengthen the capacity of human rights defenders (HRDs) in Rwanda to promote freedom of expression and opinion.  The organization will train HRDs and journalists on human rights monitoring and advocacy techniques.  The grantee will continue to monitor, document, and report civil and political human rights violations targeting HRDs and journalists.  The grantee will encourage journalists and HRDs to produce articles aiming to promote human rights values, and it will provide support to human rights defenders through advocacy efforts.

Supporting Human Rights Defenders and Promoting Freedom of Expression

Syndicat des Travailleurs aux Services des Droits Humains

$46,000

To strengthen the capacity of human rights defenders (HRDs) in Rwanda to promote freedom of expression and opinion.  The organization will train HRDs and journalists on human rights monitoring and advocacy techniques.  The grantee will also continue to monitor, document, and report civil and political human rights violations targeting HRDs and journalists.  The group will encourage journalists and HRDs to produce articles aiming to promote human rights values, and it will provide support to human rights defenders through advocacy efforts.

Supporting the Teachers’ Union in the Promotion of Human Rights

Conseil National des Organisations Syndicales Libres au Rwanda

Supplement$47,000

To promote human and workers’ rights in Rwanda.  The grantee will conduct a training curriculum for teachers, school administrators, union members, and local officials in four rural districts.  The participants will learn to understand, respect, and defend human and workers’ rights and share this knowledge with fellow teachers.  The grantee will also host a series of capacity-building trainings for the leaders of teachers’ unions to strengthen their organizations.