Skills Exchange Workshops- Global Campus Alumni and Right Livelihood Laureates

Right Livelihood Laureates are experienced and courageous human rights advocates and change-makers from various fields and regions of the world. This series of skills transfer workshops will enable the Global Campus Alumni (GCA) community and members of the Right Livelihood College (RLC) to engage directly with the Laureates and discuss specific skills related to human rights. The GCA brings together more than 4200 Global Campus Alumni under one umbrella: Together for Human Rights. RLC is a network of 9 campuses educating the next generation of change-makers.

Explore the workshops and learn more below.Β 

1- Vladimir Silvyak: Grassroots Advocacy in Ecological Sphere (March 2024)

Summary

Vladimir Silvyak discusses the importance of achievable goals, specific targets, and alliances in successful campaigns. He also emphasizes the value of media relations and the need to utilize a variety of resources for effective activism.

Highlights
🎯 Vladimir emphasizes the significance of achievable and measurable goals in campaigns.
🀝 Creating alliances and counting resources are essential for successful activism.
πŸ“° Vladimir discusses the importance of media relations and strategies to foster relationships with journalists.
πŸ“’ Persistence and building relationships with the media can lead to more coverage over time.
🌍 Alma shares her experiences with creative actions and media tours in her environmental campaigns.
πŸ“Ί The discussion explores the relevance of environmental campaigns in the context of conflicts and the prioritization of human lives during war.
Key Insights
🎯 Vladimir highlights the importance of setting achievable and measurable goals in campaigns. This ensures a clear direction and helps assess progress effectively.
🀝 Building alliances and counting resources are crucial for successful activism. Collaborating with like-minded individuals and organizations amplifies impact and increases available support.
πŸ“° Media relations play a vital role in activism. Building relationships with journalists, preparing good information, and utilizing various media channels can enhance campaign visibility and raise public awareness.
🌍 Alma’s experiences with creative actions and media tours showcase the effectiveness of engaging and innovative strategies in environmental campaigns. These approaches can attract attention, inspire public involvement, and generate media coverage.
πŸ“Ί The discussion raises important considerations about the relevance of environmental campaigns during times of conflict and war. Balancing environmental concerns with the immediate needs and safety of human lives becomes a complex challenge.
πŸ“’ Persistence and relationship-building with the media are key. While not all press releases receive immediate reactions, consistent effort and maintaining connections can lead to increased media coverage over time.
πŸ“± Relying solely on social media for campaigning is cautioned against. Utilizing a variety of resources and strategies ensures a broader reach and maximizes the effectiveness of advocacy efforts.

2- Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera: Campaigning for LGBTQ+ Communities (April 2024)

Summary

The workshop series organized by Global Campus and Right Livelihood Foundation focuses on campaigning for LGBTQ+ communities. Speakers, including Kasha Basara and Dr. Sagra, discuss the importance of activism, challenges faced by the LGBT community, strategies for combating discrimination, and the need for networks, education, fundraising, and resilience in promoting LGBT rights. Despite significant challenges, dialogue and continued advocacy are crucial for bringing about change.

Highlights
🌍 The workshop series organized by Global Campus and Right Livelihood Foundation focuses on campaigning for LGBTQ+ communities.
🎀 Speakers include Kasha Basara and Dr. Sagra, who discuss the importance of activism and strategies for achieving goals.
πŸ‘₯ Participants share experiences and ask questions related to LGBT rights.
🌈 Kasha emphasizes the importance of speaking out against injustices and standing up for what is right.
πŸ“Ί Strategies used by the LGBT community include creating their own media platforms and engaging in advocacy and empowerment programs.
🌍 The African continent still faces significant challenges regarding LGBT rights, with 31 out of 54 countries outlawing homosexuality.
πŸ’ͺ Activists like Kasha are working tirelessly to promote LGBT rights, collaborate with other social justice movements, and challenge discriminatory laws.
Key Insights
🌍 The workshop series organized by Global Campus and Right Livelihood Foundation highlights the importance of campaigning for LGBTQ+ communities globally. This indicates a growing recognition of the need to address the rights and challenges faced by the LGBT community on a global scale.
πŸ—£οΈ Kasha’s emphasis on speaking out against injustices and standing up for what is right reflects the power of individual voices in driving social change. It encourages individuals to take action and advocate for the rights of marginalized communities.
πŸ“– The historical evidence presented regarding the acceptance of homosexuality in African culture before the influence of colonialism and Christianity highlights the need to challenge the notion that homosexuality is β€œun-African.” This insight suggests the importance of reclaiming and celebrating diverse cultural perspectives on sexuality.
🌈 The strategies used by the LGBT community, such as creating their own media platforms and engaging in advocacy and empowerment programs, demonstrate the resilience and resourcefulness of activists. This insight highlights the importance of utilizing multiple avenues to challenge discrimination and promote inclusivity.
🌍 The aversion to LGBT issues perpetuated by factors like the media, government, and societal ignorance in many African countries underscores the systemic challenges faced by the LGBT community. This insight highlights the need for comprehensive societal change and education to address deep-rooted prejudices and misconceptions.
πŸ’ͺ Despite significant challenges, activists like Kasha continue to work tirelessly to promote LGBT rights and collaborate with other social justice movements. This insight underscores the determination and dedication of individuals in the face of adversity, emphasizing the importance of resilience and long-term commitment to the cause.
🌍 While the African Union and other international human rights institutions may have failed to adequately address LGBT rights, dialogue and continued advocacy remain crucial. This insight highlights the need for sustained efforts in raising awareness, challenging discriminatory laws, and promoting inclusivity through ongoing conversations and activism.

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