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Uncalculated Risks: How funders can address threats to human rights defenders in development
Please join us on 14 January at 10am Eastern / 15.00 UTC for a discussion about the report Uncalculated Risks: Threats and Attacks Against Human Rights Defenders and the Role of Development Financiers, authored by the Coalition for Human Rights in Development in June 2019. Register here to join the Webinar presentation or view the recording after the presentation has taken place.

Human rights defenders are increasingly subjected to threats and attacks for their efforts, including harassment, physical violence, criminalization, arbitrary detention, and killing. What’s more, these threats and attacks are increasingly taking place in the context of activities undertaken in the name of development. Through 25 case studies, Uncalculated Risks explores the nature of the threats and attacks against defenders in development and examines the role of development finance institutions in mitigating or exacerbating these risks.

This Webinar presentation will discuss findings from this report that are most relevant to funders and share ideas about how funders can use this report. Panelists from Freedom House, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, the Coalition for Human Rights in Development, and others will explore how ideas from the report may assist funders in better understanding and addressing threats faced by indigenous peoples, communities, social movements, journalists and other human rights defenders operating in development contexts. 


● Sheryl Mendez, Freedom House

● Greg Regaignon, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

● Mark Fodor, Coalition for Human Rights in Development

● Gretchen Gordon, Coalition for Human Rights in Development

This Webinar will be hosted by Winifred Olliff of HRFN. It will be recorded and made available to members of HRFN. Please bring your questions and ideas to the Q&A session!

Jan 14, 2020 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Gretchen Gordon
Coordinator @Coalition for Human Rights in Development
Gretchen Gordon is the Coordinator of the Coalition for Human Rights in Development, a global coalition working to ensure that development is community-led and that it respects, protects, and fulfills human rights. The Coalition hosts the Defenders in Development Campaign which brings together human rights defenders with development accountability and defender protection groups to address increasing threats and attacks against defenders in development contexts.
Sheryl Mendez
Senior Program Manager @Freedom House
Sheryl Mendez has worked for over a decade, providing emergency assistance, logistical support, and advocacy in support of human rights defenders and journalists at risk worldwide. Currently, she is a Senior Program Manager to Freedom House's Emergency Assistance Program. The program provides support to human rights defenders and civil society organizations who are at-risk due to their human rights work. Before joining Freedom House, Mendez worked with the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), engineering, and implementing a program of direct emergency assistance to journalists at risk.