JHR (Journalists for Human Rights) is Canada’s largest international media development organization. JHR’s goal is to make everyone in the world fully aware of their rights. Creating rights awareness is the first and most necessary step to ending rights abuses. By mobilizing the media to spread human rights awareness, JHR informs people about human rights, empowering marginalized communities to stand up, speak out and protect themselves.
JHR’S CORE PRINCIPLES
- seeks to eliminate the need for the work it does
- creates change without creating dependency
- runs needs-based programs with sustainable, long-term impact
- works with local media on pressing local human rights issues
- believes in the inherent equality of all human beings
- respects all human rights equally
- believes in the power of open and free discussion to create positive change
- upholds the most stringent of human rights standards in its own operations
- builds long-term and respectful relationships with its partners, volunteers, staff, funders and stakeholders
- actively works with local partners in countries of operation
- recognizes the power of all forms of media
- ensures all projects and programs are ethically responsible
- is non-partisan
- respects local knowledge systems
JHR does not…
- deviate from its core mission or principles
- create a need for itself
- run short-term programs without substantive follow-up
- provide band-aid solutions
- prioritize one human right above another
- assume it knows better than its local partners and stakeholders
- provide monetary support to media outlets
The Journalists for Human Rights @ McGill University Chapter is a group of students actively engaged in informing their community about human rights issues through media campaigns and other on campus projects.
Throughout the year, JHR’s 7 Execs work with numerous volunteers, contributors, journalists, and JHR head office to raise awareness about human rights issues and the power of media to help combat abuses. Our work includes producing Speak! Newspaper, Speak! Radio and JHR TV, holding amazing awareness and fundraising events, and working with other groups on campus and in Montréal.
To that end, JHR @ McGill is dedicated to promoting a unified campus on issues related to human rights and journalism. We strive to collaborate with other clubs and services on events and campaigns. Groups that we have coordinated with in the past include: TV McGill, CKUT, McGill Global AIDS Coalition, Cinema Politica, Arts Internship Office, and the list goes on. We are open to working with more clubs on campus and we encourage clubs to utilize our free advertising space in Speak! Magazine. If you are part of a group and would like to work with JHR @ McGill, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay in touch by joining our listserv (email us at email@example.com) and our Facebook group.
JHR works to improve human rights awareness in some of the most difficult environments on earth. By concentrating our programs in post-conflict African countries like the Congo (DRC), Liberia and Sierra Leone, JHR is improving human rights where they are most at risk.
JHR provides unbiased media and capacity building training to African journalists. Typically, a JHR trainer will work alongside an African journalist for 6-8 months, mentoring him or her and helping with field production. JHR stays in each country for only 5 years, in order to promote sustainability without dependency.
JHR’s programs are based around its innovative ‘reciprocal change’ model of development. In short, JHR partners with local media organizations to reach millions of people at risk of abuse with information on how to protect their rights, and the rights of others. Together with our local partners, JHR is ensuring the media reaches its true potential as an agent for positive social change.
JHR uses this approach because of the media’s tremendous reach. A single radio station in the Congo can inform thousands of Congolese people about rights in their own language. This allows JHR’s programs to be highly efficient and effective, providing maximum impact for donor funds.
You can find out more about JHR at www.jhr.ca.