Young Human Rights Defenders conference -challenges and possibilities

29.09.23 08:30 - 15:30
Fellesrådet for Afrika
Oslo kongressenter
Youngs gate 21

There is a limited number of seats and the conference will not be streamed or recorded, so first come first serve. If you choose to register for the conference, we ask that you note down the date and time. Out of respect for the activists and other people participating in the different sessions we also ask that you notify us at immediately if you are unable to attend, so that we can give your seat to someone else.

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Opening of the conference, key note- Marianne Borgen, major of Oslo- Video greeting from Mary Lawlor, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders

What does it mean to be a young human rights activist today?

  • Boris Tadiwanashe, leader of Zimbabwe National Students Union, Zinasu
  • Daisy Abwao, member of Fight Inequality Alliance Kenya
  • Evelyn Acham, climate activist and national Ugandan coordinator of the Rise Up Movement
  • Fedness Thole, climate activist at Point of Progress in Malawi and SEED exchange participant
  • Mputa Ngalande, national coordinator of Fight Inequality Alliance Zambia

African perspectives on the current debt crisis – is there an alternative model?

  • Daisy Abwao
  • Mputa Ngalande
  • Julie Rødje, leader of SLUG
  • Anne Sofie Bjelland, MfA

Moderator: Diego Foss, Save the Children

Student activism in authoritarian times

  • Boris Tadiwanashe
  • Ennie Makoni, student activist from Zimbabwe- African Student Association UiO

Moderator: Selma Bratberg, leader of SAIH


How young climate activists are challenging the status quo.

  • Evelyn Acham
  • Fedness Thole
  • Gina Gylver, leader of Young Friends of the Earth

Moderator: Thea Birgitte Erfjord, Spire.

How can Norway support young human rights defenders on the African continent

  • Boris Tadiwanashe
  • Daisy Abwao
  • Evelyn Acham
  • Fedness Thole
  • Mputa Ngalande

Moderator: Sandra Petersen, former executive director for the Norwegian Human Rights Fund

Concluding remarks

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