The Symposium on Strength and Solidarity for Human Rights is a multi-year project to provoke new efforts and energy for building organizational strength and increased solidarity across the human rights field.
As states retreat from their responsibility to protect rights, the need for cross-cultural, intergenerational, multi-identity, and all-class participation in defense of human rights grows ever more critical.
We need shared language and common frameworks in order to be more effective allies. We need open conversations about power and deference to those on the frontlines to renew our struggles and fortify relationships. We need robust connections among our organizations to maintain and increase mutual support.
To that end, the Symposium on Strength and Solidarity for Human Rights seeks to be a source of ideas and provocation within the global human rights movement. From now until 2025, we’re convening frontline activists, organizational leaders, scholars, and movement builders in conversations about the challenges rights defenders face. And we’re drawing on those conversations to produce written and digital materials about building respectful organizational culture, achieving effective governance and funding, and establishing a rigorous practice of solidarity.
Institutional health and reliable solidarity are critical to the success of human rights work. In order to advocate and promote both, we:
BUILD SPACES OF TRUST that allow leading members of human rights organizations and movements to make an honest appraisal of the human rights sector and their role within it
MODERATE COMPLEX CONVERSATIONS so that participants of all origins can speak and collaborate with safety and ease
CONNECT SYMPOSIUM PARTICIPANTS with opportunities to strengthen their relationships and think deeply about the health and resilience of their movements and organizations
FOCUS ON SOLIDARITY AND DEFERENCE as powerful tools in multi-generational, multi-cultural and multi-class struggles for human rights
FOSTER CONDITIONS TO NURTURE OPTIMISM AND CREATIVITY because hope and invention are fundamental to every struggle
What We Do
We serve as a meeting point for the people and ideas driving – and disrupting – the human rights sector. We seek to foster new conversations among rights leaders, and all those who support and study their work, by hosting:
- The Symposium
We bring proven rights leaders together for an extended conversation about the ways that language, power, governance, identity and leadership continue to shape human rights organizations and movements – as well as the forms of solidarity that can be built between them. Learn more about our events
- A podcast
Each episode features insights and reflections on the tools and tactics of human rights work and how activists are thinking about their strategies. Listen in
- A collection of ideas
Commentaries and analysis that provoke rigorous thinking and interrogation within the human rights field. We’re always receiving new material and we invite you to send us your favorite papers and pitch in. See what’s new