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Thursday, June 13 • 9:00am - 10:15am
Hope for Resilience: Shifting the narrative, advancing wellbeing

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How can we solve the burnout and PTSD problem in (online and offline) human rights activist circles? Recent research suggests that individual beliefs, organizational practices, and a human rights culture that values “martyrs,” reinforces a “savior” mentality, and stigmatizes mental health leads to negative outcomes for advocates (Satterthwaite et al., 2019; Nah 2018). The goal of this session is to identify and map the underlying problems that foster these beliefs/culture, and to advance possible solutions together with participants. The workshop leaders will suggest that one solution lies in fundamentally reframing the work of human rights--from a narrative focused on “saviors” and “victims” to one based on true solidarity and honest connection. This new narrative is steeped in hope and opens new ways of measuring our successes beyond old metrics of outputs and impact. This reframing allows human rights advocates to identify more effective models of collaboration that center--and honestly examine--power in our collaborative relationships, as well as encouraging us to speak openly about our mental health and wellbeing. We will ask: can tech help us in this new quest? What gives us hope and connects us to the reasons we became human rights activists in the first place?

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Margaret Satterthwaite

Director, Bernstein Institute for Human Rights & Global Justice Clinic


Jelena Dordevic

Co-founder, Feminist Self-Care Collective
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Katie Wightman

Fellow, Global Justice Clinic

Thursday June 13, 2019 9:00am - 10:15am BST
Carthage 3 (Laico)