Rwanda 2021

Syndicat des Travailleurs aux Services des Droits Humains

Supporting Human Rights Defenders and Promoting Freedom of Expression


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.  This grantee is able to effectively monitor human rights and train human rights defenders despite the government’s hostility towards human rights work.


Rwanda Bridges to Justice

Promoting Access to Justice


To encourage popular and institutional support for improved access to justice and the prevention of torture. The grantee will increase the capacity and willingness of young lawyers to defend the rights of the most vulnerable Rwandans and provide legal support for defendants. It will also promote criminal justice reform through a series of task force meetings with young lawyers and roundtables with justice sector officials.  Finally, the grantee will continue to support the Women’s Lawyer Network to promote gender equality in the justice sector.  This grantee is able to engage with high-level government officials and effectively advocate for reforms and respect for due process rights which remain very sensitive topics in the country.


Ejo Youth Echo

Engaging Rwandan Youth on Human Rights Issues


To raise awareness of human rights issues among Rwandan youth and to train journalists to better cover human rights  The grantee will host trainings for ten media outlets on covering human rights issues in the country  The organization will produce and broadcast two radio programs per month to engage Rwandan youth on human rights and public affairs issues  Finally, the group will train and support radio programs for youth journalists in refugee camps and host communities.


Human Rights First Rwanda Association

Defending the Rights of Sexual Minorities


To reduce discrimination, violence, and hate speech against LGBTQ individuals and organizations  The grantee will host workshops to build the capacity of human rights defenders to monitor, document, and report violations against sexual minorities  The organization will launch an advocacy campaign to promote tolerance within Rwandan society  Finally, the group will provide legal assistance and counseling to LGBTQ victims of discrimination or violence.


Organisation For Peace and Development

Promoting Citizen Participation and Democratic Governance in Rwanda


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 advocacy 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.


Conseil National des Organisations Syndicales Libres au Rwanda

Supporting Informal Workers to Promote Labor and Human Rights


To engage the union of informal sector workers to promote labor and human rights.  The organization will first host trainings with state actors to promote the rights of informal sector workers.  The grantee will then host a series of trainings to educate informal sector workers on democratic values and their professional, labor, and human rights.  Finally, the group will conduct advocacy activities to strengthen the laws that protect informal sector workers.


Citizen Voice and Actions

Engaging Youth to Advocate for Accountability and Good Governance


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  The grantee will host a training program for motivated youth leaders to promote youth engagement and civic participation    Finally, they will host two national policy dialogues to engage youth in the decision-making process.