Empowering Current and Future Human Rights Defenders
The Global Campus of Human Rights presents its 2021 Annual Report recording the main outcomes of 12 months of active collaboration in capacity building and promotion of human rights and democracy. During this challenging period, our regional hubs in Venice, Sarajevo, Pretoria, Bangkok, Yerevan, Buenos Aires and Beirut; our special project in East Timor; and our partner universities and stakeholders all over the world continued to deliver education with regional and interdisciplinary approaches, experiential learning, cross-cultural exchanges and networking opportunities.
The Report provides insights on the achievements of the Global Campus’ hallmark seven regional Master’s programmes, their common activities and research outlets, and the continuation of their efforts to build capacity and raise awareness on human rights and democracy around the world. The Report also highlights the three innovative and very successful open access MOOCs offered during 2021; the specialised training courses with a focus on human rights defenders; the unique endeavours to foster the relationship between human rights and the arts; and the various activities devoted to the promotion children’s rights through education and research, including child-led activities in several regions of the world.
These outcomes were possible thanks to the financial support of the European Union, Right Livelihood, and other donors, as well as the co-funding and unwavering commitment of our partner universities and the dedication shown by our staff at headquarters in Venice and at our regional hubs.
Championing Education on Human Rights and Democratisation in Times of Uncertainty
In an unprecedentedly challenging year, both for human rights and for us, the Global Campus added almost 200 graduates from our seven Master’s programmes to our 4,000-plus worldwide alumni; organised dozens of professional training programmes, including very successful free online courses (MOOCs), and hundreds of internships, seminars, workshops and events across the world. Achieving our main goals for 2019/2020 was possible only thanks to the resilience of our 100 academic members based in seven regional hubs – Africa, the Arab World, Asia Pacific, Caucasus, Europe, South America and the Caribbean, and South East Europe.
The Global Campus inaugural Annual Report features a bit of history of the network; the achievements of our members around the world; how we responded to the pandemic; our focus on the rights of children; our deep connections with the arts; research; and data on our activities and financials. A sneak peek at 2021 gives you a taste of what we are working on.
We wish to thank the European Union, our partnership with the Right Livelihood Foundation, and many other donors. In addition, we are grateful to the invited contributors to our Annual Report, prominent figures from international agencies, politics, philanthropy, and the arts, all committed to the promotion and protection of human rights: Michelle Bachelet, Eamon Gilmore, Jutta Urpilainen, Michael O’Flaherty, Ole von Uexküll, Vandana Shiva, Julian Fifer and Koen Vanmechelen.