We contribute a mix of capacity strengthening assistance, funding, and strategic guidance to our partners as a means of catalyzing their efforts to protect and promote the human rights of their communities.
By addressing capacity gaps, partners are better prepared to assume leadership within human rights movements; by providing funding, partners have the resources required to sustain their work; and by providing strategic guidance, partners can better define those avenues through which human rights advocacy will gain the most traction.
At the core of our work, Synergía’s human rights advocacy centers on leveraging human rights frameworks to address social, cultural, legal, political, and religious systems in which violence and discrimination are entrenched. This work includes educating and mobilizing communities to demand respect for their human rights; documenting and providing recourse to individuals who have experienced a human rights violation or abuse; and using documented evidence to demand action from those responsible for guaranteeing those rights.
In many regions, those who advocate for human rights are often targeted on the basis of their work. Thus, supporting our partners to identify and mitigate risks is of critical importance to the resilience and longevity of the movements we support. We work with partners to develop security strategies that not only reduce the likelihood of these risks, but that also provide rapid response in the event of unforeseen crises.
We believe human rights movements are strongest when they reflect the diversity of those communities they represent. Thus, our movement strengthening work seeks to engage those activists and organizations that face particular barriers that prevent them from engaging in these movements. Our work also seeks to support longevity of movements by strengthening the organizational capacity of our partners so that they can plan, fund, and manage human rights programs that are accountable to their constituents.
While we understand that the full enjoyment of human rights by all can only be achieved in the long term, we see our successes and their associated impact as steps toward this long-term goal.
While our impact can look different from region to region, our major successes include working with our partners to: