Rawabet (روابط —which means connections in Arabic) is a human rights education initiative that builds the capacity of disenfranchised groups—including youth, women, and persons living with a disability—to engage in actions in support of the respect for human rights. Led by Equitas in collaboration with New Tactics for Human Rights, Rawabet is a regional initiative being implemented in Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt.
Rawabet recognizes youth, women, and persons living with a disability in marginalized communities as changemakers and strives to address issues of social exclusion through participatory activities, the use of technology, and community actions that empower people to engage in democratic decision-making and enjoy and exercise their social and economic rights human rights.
- online and face-to-face capacity building trainings to strengthen human rights knowledge and approaches
- innovative online tools and space
- community-based actions to engage citizens and decision-makers in finding solutions to human rights problems using new technologies
- forum and online dialogues for knowledge building and sharing
- knowledge products (e.g., tip sheets, strategic documents, manuals), to document and share the initiative’s good practices.
Together with strong local partner organizations deeply involved in building a human rights culture in the communities they serve, Rawabet is providing a unique, inclusive space for diverse youth, women and other disenfranchised groups to participate, express themselves and feel like they belong. The local partner organizations involved in the Rawabet Initiative are:
- Ruwwad Al-Tanmeya, Jordan
- Centre Tunisien Méditerranéen (TuMed), Tunisia
- Association Marocaine pour l'Education de la Jeunesse (AMEJ), Morocco
- The Horus Foundation for Development and Training, Egypt.
The Rawabet initiative is financially supported by Global Affairs Canada as the Rawabet Technological Bridges for Citizen Engagement Initiative.
Rawabet, which is being implemented from 2017-2020, is the continuation of the Mosharka and Joussour projects carried out in close collaboration with various community-based and non-governmental organizations in the Middle-East and North Africa region between 2012-2017.
Local partner organizations have contributed to creating rawabet-equitas.org by identifying the important issues that they would like to address on this site, and by contributing to its creative direction and utility.
rawabet-equitas.org is an online educational space created by and for Equitas’ Rawabet partners from across the Middle-East and North Africa. The space serves to highlight innovative initiatives youth, women, and people living with a disability are taking to respond to community challenges and to foster broad conversations on equality, inclusion and diversity issues affecting their communities. Youth-led community actions grounded in the use of technology and human rights-based approaches are tagged by specific topics, such as gender equality, discrimination, marginalization and exclusion in the enjoyment of economic and social rights, and conflict and reconciliation, as well as by the tactics youth leaders are implementing to engage their fellow citizens and decision-makers to drive community change, such as workshops, campaigns, arts, and mentorship.
The creative Rawabet Logo, developed by Omar Nimri from Ruwwad, was chosen by the members of the Regional Advisory Committee and represents the idea of connections. It explores the creative use of technology to link together all people and communities in claiming and enjoyment their human rights. rawabet-equitas.org will inspire changemakers by showcasing the actions of other changemakers from traditionally disenfranchised communities.
The development of rawabet-equitas.org was made in collaboration with The Public Studio, that led the creative direction of the online space and developed it.
Equitas is Canada’s most recognized and active human rights education organization. Equitas is a non-profit organization working in Canada and globally to advance equality, social justice and respect for human dignity through transformative human rights education. For over 50 years, Equitas has significant impact in the areas of gender equality, enhancing the participation of youth and children, and defending human rights, reaching over 3.2 million people worldwide. In the Middle East and North Africa, our programs work on building women’s and youth’s knowledge, skills and aptitudes for being changemakers in their communities through the use of technology. A particular focus is put on advancing inclusion of persons living with a disability. Visit us at www.equitas.org.
The Rawabet initiative is strongly committed to working in partnership with local organizations from the Middle-East and North Africa to effectively achieve its goals. We are partnering with: New Tactics for Human Rights, Ruwwad Al Tanmeya – The Arab Foundation for Sustainable Development (Ruwwad), Centre Tunisien Méditerranéen (TuMed), Association marocaine pour l’éducation de la jeunesse (AMEJ-Fès), and The Horus Foundation for Development and Training.