Living in Fear

An ISHHR Webinar
April 23rd 2024 at 8 pm CET

How can we support physically and mentally traumatised HRDs?

The first ISHHR webinar of 2024 will focus on care for and protection of Human Rights Defenders, as described by Arnold Djuma (DRC) in his Concept note /Note conceptuelle. On April 23rd, 2024, wise women and men from across the globe will advise, suggest and discuss what can be done and how to do it in a live-streamed webinar.

Due to the need for anonymity for some, we kindly ask you not to record the proceedings.

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The speakers

A speaker from Bangladesh
A human rights worker from the world largest refugee camp, Bangladesh shares his experience.

Theme: Keeping Yourself Strong: Surviving our Plight without letting Trauma catch us

Arnold Djuma (DRC), leader of the Voluntary Coalition for Peace and Development in the DRC

Theme: Supporting physically and mentally traumatized Human Rights Defenders, a program to help traumatized HR defenders in Goma who risk their lives and live in fear

Rick Wabano and David Danto (Canada)

Rick Wabano is a member of the Mushkegowuk community involved in Land-based healing, working with traditional knowledge, language, community, the natural world, and healing.

David Danto is Dean of Health and Community Studies at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and professor in the Department of Public Safety and Justice Studies.

Theme: The Healing of Trauma in a Mushkegowuk Cree Community Through Relation to the Land.

Dr. Amber Elizabeth Gray(USA) is equally activist, artist, therapist, author and advocate, amber is a human rights psychotherapist and somatic/dance movement therapist. For 25 years her work has centered embodied justice for survivors of war, torture and oppression

Theme: Somatic Practices for Centering through Struggle.

Hector Aristizabal Colombia), psychologist, performance artist, and leader of, has worked closely with the Colombian Truth and Reconciliation Commission by leading eco-dialogs among former antagonists and survivors in the wilderness.

Theme: The Soul’s mycelium: Reconnecting to ourselves, to each other and to Nature

Ruth Wells (Au), psychologist, is a Senior Research Fellow in the Trauma and Mental Health Unit, School of Psychiatry, University of New South Wales. Sydney.

Theme: Based on the announced talks, Ruth Wells will lead an open discussion on the situation of HRDs (Human Rights Defenders).