jhr (Journalists for Human Rights)
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Our Impact
The impact of jhr's international programs is wide-reaching and powerful. We work hard to constantly monitor and evaluate the impact our programs are making, keeping us accountable and allowing us to constantly improve.

The following is a brief explanation of the different ways jhr is changing the world for the better. For specific examples of jhr's impact, click here.

Human rights awareness
jhr selects media partners that are wide-reaching and highly influential—allowing us to reach millions of people simultaneously with information on human rights in their own language. jhr estimates that the journalists it has worked with are now reaching over 20 million Africans with human rights information on a regular basis.

The resulting increase in public awareness has directly translated into improved human rights—people are better able to defend themselves and their loved ones from abuse.

jhr is working on a method to track its overall impact on rights awareness levels. It is a complicated procedure to isolate the media's impact on overall rights awareness and then to track improvements, but jhr is hopeful it can be accomplished.

Good governance and anti-corruption
The media, human rights, governance and corruption reduction are highly interconnected. When the media is able to pressure local governments to respect human rights, it improves governance standards in the process.

In addition, jhr's programs focus heavily on issues directly related to good governance and anti-corruption, including the right to vote, the right to assemble and the right to be treated without discrimination. jhr's programs are particularly effective in this respect during election time—ensuring the media acts as an effective watchdog on the democratic process.

Adding value to local journalists
In the process of running its projects, jhr has worked with over 2000 journalists across 16 African countries. The training they receive—in human rights, good governance journalism ethics, story structure, interview skills and technical skills — make them much better journalists. jhr's training activities are designed to provide trainee’s with a skill base that will serve them well for their entire career.

Communication and Dialogue
Good communication should be a two-way street. jhr's programs allow, often for the first time, the voices of those suffering rights abuses to be broadcast to the public. Vice versa, jhr's programs also allow government officials the opportunity to share their thoughts and efforts regarding human rights with the public. By creating open national dialogue on rights and governance issues, jhr is helping repair old rifts and providing hope for the future.

Adding value to international journalists
jhr has hired over 200 international journalism trainers to deliver our projects. Generally, they work for jhr for 6 to 8 months. During this time they acquire tremendous experiences, skills, and a detailed knowledge of the country they work in. jhr's programs are equipping international journalists with the skills to report more effectively and accurately on African issues—something that is sorely lacking at the moment.
 


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JHR Expands Project in Jordan

Media trainers work on a group assignment during the first advanced human rights reporting training session held in Amman on December 3 - 4JHR is pleased to announce that the project Increased Citizen Dialogue through Strengthened Media in Jordan will expand with support from the United Nations Democracy Fund.

JHR's project  works with journalists in Jordan to cover human rights stories and increase public awareness of local issues.

The expanded project will use data journalism tools and techniques to help reporters cover local human rights stories more effectively. Journalists will use the Maidan app, a JHR-developed crowd-sourcing smart phone tool to collect data for their stories.

The expanded project will run over two years in partnership with the Jordan Media Institute and Community Media Network, and with pre-existing support from the US Middle East Partnership Initiative. 

Learn more about JHR's work in Jordan.

Photo: Media trainers work on a group assignment during an advanced human rights reporting training workshop in Amman on December 3 - 4


 


Fighting Ebola in Liberia – frontline reporting in a crisis

 Kolubah Akoi didn’t start out to be a hero.

But when the Ebola crisis hit Lofa County in Northern Liberia in July, instead of fleeing, the JHR-trained journalist decided to stay and report on the impacts of the devastating disease.

Kolubah credits his JHR training for giving him both the skills and the courage to stay and report on the epidemic.

“I said to myself, I was trained as a Human Rights Journalist, trained to serve humanity,” he explains. “As a Human Rights trained journalist, there are human rights issues that need to be reported and if I leave who will inform the world?"

Read Kolubah's story and learn how he is using JHR training to bring vital public health information to people in rural Liberia. 


 Image courtesy of Kolubah Akoi
 

Night for Rights Gala raises more than $100,000 for JHR!  

Last month, at the Night for Rights GalaJHR supproters raised more than $100,000 to support strong human rights journalism and JHR programs around world. 

JHR-trained reporters from Kinshasa to Beirut, from Juba to northern Ontario, are covering local human rights stories that change lives. And we couldn't support them without our amazing sponsors and the JHR community. Thank you for helping to put human rights in headlines!

See more photos from Night for Rights. Check out the Gala website.