On December 9, 2021, ActionAid Association organised an event to celebrate community-based human rights defenders who have been working with the most disadvantaged communities and promoting social and ecological justice. We felicitated several exceptional individuals and the organisations they represent at the meeting held on the eve of Human Rights Day at the India International Centre, New Delhi. We also celebrated their exemplary efforts and achievements through social media as part of our #HaqKiBaat. These human rights defenders have been making vital interventions in different geographies on a wide range of issues, including children’s rights, women’s rights, workers’ rights, land rights, Dalit rights, minority rights, tribal rights, and to advance ecological justice.
These community-based champions have also played a critical role in our humanitarian response to several emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic. They are tirelessly sensitising communities on pandemic-related do’s and don’ts, facilitating vaccination, assisting in relief distribution, enabling access of vulnerable families to government schemes and entitlements, and supporting livelihood regeneration to enable them to earn a living.
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