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Welcome to the Official Schedule for RightsCon 2019, the world’s leading summit on human rights in the digital age.

Together at RightsCon Tunis, our first summit hosted in the Middle East and North Africa, more than 2500 expert practitioners will come together across over 400 sessions to shape, contribute to, and drive forward the global agenda for the future of our human rights.

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Individual and Organizational Wellness and Resiliency [clear filter]
Wednesday, June 12


Join us for a morning yoga session outside the Laico Hotel's pool deck to center yourself before a busy day at RightsCon!

Wednesday June 12, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Laico Pool Deck


Sustainable Practices Workshop - Sharing What Works
The end goal of this interactive workshop would be to co-create a first draft of a ‘best practices’ guide -- not a one size fits all solution guide, but shared space for what we learned that works. Super-pragmatic. This workshop asks its participants to share and map their best (and worst) practices ‘threat models’ & share positive practices: 1. Culture & Narrative: what do you and your community do and did you learn to build & fuel healthy, supportive impactful culture using narratives or practices that don't reinforce ‘martyrdom,’ stigma or ‘othering.'? 2. Workload: how do you and your community counter, mitigate, or prevent work overload issues, “productivity” pressure, and the pressure from community and the 'marketplace' of human rights? 3. Leadership: what are the lessons you and your community have learned for leaders/supervisors that mitigate unhealthy practices & foster sustainable ones? 4. Do No Harm Funding: what are effective ways in which funders can foster sustainable practices, address root causes of unhealthy practices and or structurally remove pressures? 5. Resourcing Mental Health: how can we build better access to psychological or psychosocial support around the world or access to tailored mental health programming, mental health education, research and resources?

Wednesday June 12, 2019 3:45pm - 5:00pm
Biscay (Palais)
Thursday, June 13


Join us for a morning yoga session outside the Laico Hotel's pool deck to center yourself before a busy day at RightsCon!

Thursday June 13, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Laico Pool Deck


Hope for Resilience: Shifting the narrative, advancing wellbeing
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
Carthage 3 (Laico)


Solving the problem of vicarious trauma in open source investigations
The goal of this session is to discuss concrete solutions to the problem of secondary trauma that can lead to burnout or PTSD and depression among human rights advocates. It will emphasize workflow, design, effective mitigation strategies and institutional steps that can be taken right away. The session will aim to build an awareness of the area, while sourcing mitigation and resiliency techniques from among the participants in the workshop. It will also aim to raise awareness of the gendered nature of open source investigations and the effects of trauma.

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Matt Mahmoudi

Jo Cox PhD Scholar, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge
Matt is a PhD candidate in Development Studies at the University of Cambridge, where he is also Program Lead at TheWhistle.org, an academic spin-out developing and researching digital human rights reporting suites. As Jo Cox Scholar, his research focuses on technological marginalisation... Read More →


Thursday June 13, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Hannibal (Laico)
Friday, June 14


Join us for a morning yoga session outside the Laico Hotel's pool deck to center yourself before a busy day at RightsCon!

Friday June 14, 2019 7:30am - 8:30am
Laico Pool Deck


Values-based Organizations: How can stories help us to create organizational values collectively and make them workable?
In this session, participants will be introduced to organizational culture and more specifically organizational values. Based on recent studies, 80% of organizations attribute their success and sustainability to organizational culture compared to organizational strategies. In the session, participants will be introduced to "7 steps methodology" to collectively identify their organizational values and transform it into measurable behaviors to be further used in recruiting new employees or assessing current ones. The session will use stories as the main tool to build solid, clear, and engaging organizational culture. In addition to several national and international cases that were known for their strong positive work culture. Participants can apply the same methodology when they are back to their organizations along with their employees. The main outcome of the workshop is that values won't be an abstract term anymore, but rather a measurable behavior through a live story.

المؤسسات المبنية على القيم: كيف يمكن استخدام القصص فى خلق وتطوير القيم المؤسسية بشكل تشاركى بما يضمن فعاليتها وقياسها؟

ستقدم ورشة العمل منهجية من 7 خطوات لإنشاء وتحديد القيم المؤسسية من خلال عملية تفاعلية تشاركية. ستستخدم الجلسة بعض الأنشطة التفاعلية، حيث ستتاح للمشاركين فرصة لرسم رحلة المؤسسة التى يعملون بها والتفكر والتأمل فيها سواء بشكل فردي أو جماعي. أيضا، سنستخدم تقنيات سرد القصص التي يشارك المشاركون فيها قصصًا عن قيمهم الشخصية ستتناول القصص مرات قاموا فيها بالإلتزام بهذه القيم أو قصص فشلوا أن يفعلوا ذلك. وباستخدام نفس النشاط، سيطلب من المشاركين مشاركة بعض القصص المؤسسية التي تعكس قيمًا معينة حيث كان عليهم اتخاذ قرارات معينة بناءً على هذه القيم. هذا النشاطين هما انعكاس للخطوتين الثانية والثالثة من المنهجيةالمكونة من سبع خطوات والتى تهدف الى مساندة المؤسسات للخروج بقيم مؤسسية مشتركة وهى كالتالى؛ 1- تقييم وضع المؤسسة الحالى من حيث القيمالمؤسسية 2- التفكير في القيم الشخصية 3- تحديد القيم المؤسسية 4- تصنيف القيم المؤسسية 5- اتخاذ قرار بشأن القيم المؤسسية 6 - إنشاء إطار الكفاءة المؤسسية 7- خطوات عملية لجعل القيم المؤسسية قابلة للتطبيق وواضحة. من خلال ورشة العمل ، سوف أشارك بعض الممارسات العالمية وكيف أن هذا الاتجاه الجديد؛ الثقافة والقيم المؤسسية، يؤثر على الأداء التنظيمي بأكمله ويزيد من فرصه لتحقيق أهدافه بشكل أفضل. كما ستشجع ورشة العمل المشاركين على تبادل خبراتهم سواء من خلال منظماتهم الحالية أو تجاربهم السابقة فيما يتعلق بالثقافة والقيم المؤسسية

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Amira Abdel-Aziz

Cofounder and Managing Partner, Collective Routes
I work in fields related to organizational culture and values, child rights, public policies, youth development, and entrepreneurship.

Friday June 14, 2019 9:00am - 10:15pm
Caspian (Palais)


Building Resilience Through Dynamic Accountability with Your Key Stakeholders
The session will enable participants to better understand how dynamic accountability (i.e. ongoing, meaningful and transformative stakeholder engagement) can help build an organisation’s relevance and legitimacy, therefore rendering it more resilient. To do this, we will draw upon experiences from our Resilient Roots initiative, which is working with 15 CSOs in diverse contexts to design and implement new accountability mechanisms. Building upon real life examples from the two Resilient Roots pilot partners present at the event, participants will unpack key concepts (dynamic accountability, resilience, etc), then identify and discuss the interests of different key stakeholders. Participants will then devise and brainstorm practical approaches to become more “dynamically” accountable to these stakeholders. Subsequently, the group will reflect on the different ways becoming more accountable to key stakeholders can increase an organisation’s resilience. Finally, participants will be invited to continue the conversation via the Resilient Roots initiative and a new global dynamic accountability community of practice.

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Isabelle Buechner

Programme Officer, Accountable Now

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Biljana Janjic

Co-founder & CEO, FemPlatz

Friday June 14, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Oya 2 (Laico)


Where There Is Burnout There Is No Innovation: Managing stressors for a better physical and mental health
The session will draw from participants' experience, starting with self-diagnosis, showing what burnout is and how stress is impacting our life. We will understand what burnout is and what are the factors of our work and culture (specifically in civil society and activism) are working in favour of and against the self-care concept. With this in mind, we will present selected small methods to take care of oneself, strategies in case of burnout danger. But as a community, we will also work finding ways to overcome systemic dispositions on our community as well as in our organizations.

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Jannat Fazal

Program Manager, Digital Rights Foundation
Jannat Fazal is a mental health counselor, trainer and a researcher, employed as a Project Manager at Digital Rights Foundation( DRF). She aims to bring gender revolution through fostering discourse with students around gender disparity and privilege. Her focus is also to reduce distress... Read More →

Friday June 14, 2019 2:15pm - 3:30pm
Adean (Palais)