1- SUPPORTING HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
- Reprisals: We work to ensure that human rights defenders have the tools to protect themselves against reprisals and using human rights systems/ mechanisms to prevent reprisals and ensure accountability where they occur.
- Women human rights defenders and those working on sexual orientation and gender identity issues: We work to ensure that human rights laws and mechanisms are accessible to and protect women human rights defenders and those working on LGBT rights.
- Human rights defenders working in highly traditional and cultural settings: We support human rights defenders in highly traditional and cultural settings to promote the national legal recognition and protection of human rights defenders, and to use international and regional mechanisms to promote the development of laws and policies that are compatible with human rights and to pursue accountability for past violations.
2- STRENGTHENING HUMANRIGHTS STANDARDS AND SYSTEMS
- Strengthening legal recognition and protection of human rights defenders: We work to strengthen the legal recognition and protection of human rights defenders at the national, regional and international levels, promoting implementation of the Declaration, conventions and protocols.
- Enhancing CSOs /NGOs access and participation: We work to ensure that international and regional human rights mechanisms provide adequate and appropriate space for CSOs/NGO participation.
- Improving State cooperation: We work to ensure that the government of Sierra Leone improves her cooperation with international and regional human rights mechanisms and are held to account for the implementation of their international human rights obligations.
3- BUILDING AND LEADING HUMAN RIGHTS COALITIONS
- Strategic coalitions can be highly effective, and are sometimes imperative, in achieving human rights change. We work to build, coordinate, and participate in and, where appropriate, lead coalitions to support human rights defenders and strengthen human rights systems
4- RESPONDING TO NEW OR EMERGING SITUATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTSCONCERN OR OPPORTUNITIES FOR CHANGE
- Many successful human rights campaigns are highly opportunistic and characterised by an ability to move quickly and act dynamically to utilise external developments as a lever for change. We work to respond rapidly to new or emerging situations of significant or systemic concern or opportunities for change arising in relation to the work of human rights defenders or the functioning of human rights systems inside and outside Sierra Leone.
Financial sustainability and growth
In order to ensure financial sustainability and build organisational capacity, HRDN-SL will substantially diversify and deepen our funding base. We will enter into partnerships with a range of foundations, establish an individual giving program, and develop pro bono relationships with leading law firms. Through these initiatives we will aim for average income growth of 8% per annum, a year on year surplus of an average 6% over 4 years, and reserves of 30% of core expenses within 4 years.
HRDN-SL will attract and retain outstanding staff, invest in their development, and develop work structures that increase collaboration, share leadership and responsibility, encourage innovation, increase the alignment of individual and organisational interests and passions, and optimally leverage staff capabilities and competencies.
Communications and branding
HRDN-SL will have a reputation as a leading national network to support human rights defenders and strengthen human rights systems. We will be renowned as principled, professional, strategic, collaborative and expert. Our communications will leverage and amplify our activities, strengthen our relationships with stakeholders, promote our membership, and appeal to donors and prospective donors. Our website will be highly accessible and engaging, we will be regularly called upon for our commentary and use the media extensively to pursue advocacy objectives, and we will use social media and digital tools to better connect our presence in country with defenders on the ground.