My story as a Human Rights Defender

The Norwegian Human Rights Fund and Memria are collecting stories that focus on the experiences of human rights defenders addressing human rights issues at all levels (local, national, regional or global level).

We believe these stories matter because your experience carries a message that can inspire others to engage in the human rights movement. We also think that in times of shrinking civil society space, recording audio stories and making this archive is important to show the strength, the resistance and the voices of the people that this movement consists of.

These stories will be used for Advocacy and Outreach Communication.

Story Prompts
  • Why have you become a human rights defender? (Was there any particular event in your life/country that made you engage with human rights work?)
  • What inspires you in your work as a HRD?
  • What is the most challenging part of your human rights engagement?
  • Do you see any change in the last few year when it comes to (your) human rights work?
  • What do you think are the key elements for sustaining a strong human rights movement in your country/field?
Norwegian Human Rights Fund
Sandra Petersen
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2017
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Tips for telling a great story
  • Tell your story as if you were talking to a friend or a relative. Make it personal.
  • Add photos! It is best if the first photo you add is a nice image of yourself so that people can see you as they listen to or read your story.
Tips for audio recording
  • You can re-record as many times as you want. Take a couple of practice runs until it feels more natural talking into your computer.
  • Try not to use a pre-written script so that your story sounds as natural as possible. It's ok if it's not perfect.
  • Try to speak as clearly as possible, and get as close to the microphone as you can.
  • Try to find a quiet place with no background noise. It is even better if the room has carpet. This will reduce the amount of echo on the recording.