Human Rights & Equality

Human Rights & Equality

The Issue

Social Change Initiative believes that tackling inequality and promoting respect for human rights are central to the delivery of fairer, more inclusive and peaceful communities.

A focus on inequality and protecting rights helps illuminate how power operates, highlights what needs to change and offers tools to help deliver the change required.

Our team has practical experience of direct activism to advance human rights and tackle inequality, particularly across the island of Ireland.   This is combined with our experience as a donor supporting this field locally and internationally.




Area of Focus

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    Strengthening activism

    Given the pressures of work on human rights and equality, SCI is committed to providing time and space for human rights practitioners to sharpen their skills, learn from one another, and develop broad networks of support.   

    We have a particular interest in supporting activists across the island of Ireland to protect human rights and to support them to reflect, strategize and develop collaborative approaches to addressing inequality. 

    Primary Methods
    • One-on-one Mentoring
    • Capacity Building
    • Fellowships
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    Disseminating learning from rights based approaches

    Often human rights work can lead to negative consequences for those involved when power and vested interests feel challenged.   

    Solidarity and support for activists is crucial and SCI is committed to gathering and disseminating learning arising from activists involved in securing change through rights based work. 

    Primary Methods
    • Strategic Advice & Consultancy
    • Fellowships
    • Networking & Convenings
    • Research, Resources & Publications
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    Supporting philanthrophy

    Work to promote human rights and tackle inequality can often only be funded and supported by independent philanthropy.  

    Because it offers a challenge to power it is sometimes seen as risky or confrontational by donors.  

    SCI believes that it is especially important to encourage donors to consider support for this important area of work, particularly in divided societies.  

    Primary Methods
    • Strategic Advice & Consultancy
    • Networking & Convenings
    • Research, Resources & Publications

Featured Activists

We support and work with individuals seeking to protect rights and address inequality. 

  • Brad Brockman

    Brad Brockman

    Brad is an activist from South Africa where his SCI fellowship allowed him to research and write about youth activist movements in different parts of the world.

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  • Nicola Browne

    Nicola Browne

    Nicola is a human rights activist with 18 years experience in academia, civil society and non-governmental organisations.

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Featured Research

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