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Online Dialogue: Self-Care for Activists

Event Date: 
September 22, 2010 (All day) - September 28, 2010 (All day)

Human rights work is a powerful and fulfilling vocation. And it is equally hugely challenging for human rights practitioners. These practitioners are often exposed to distressing situations directly and indirectly. From those working directly with survivors of human rights abuses to those working indirectly on human rights abuse issues, the need for taking care of one’s self is extremely important.

We all know that the work is precious and valuable, and yes, we need to be strong, healthy and balanced to do it well -- but we take care of ourselves first and foremost because we are valuable.

This online dialogue will address and define the risks of human rights work: compassion fatigue, burnout, secondary and vicarious trauma, and stress. These risks can harm ourselves, our partners and our families, and those that we work to protect. This dialogue will be a space to share resources, approaches and ideas for how to address these risks. If you work in the field of human rights, join us here for this dialogue on taking care of yourself.

Our featured resource practitioners healing to lead this dialogue include:

* Jane Barry (co-facilitator) - author of What’s the Point of the Revolution if We Can’t Dance?
* Amber Gray - longtime practitioner of body centered arts and sciences, and human rights advocate (US)
* Holly Hammond - a facilitator and trainer with the Change Agency
* Marcio Gagliato and Erin Morgan of the Center for Victims of Torture, Zimbabwe and the United States
* Deborah Rozelle of the Garrison Institute, United States
* Mike Grenville - trainer on avoiding burnout, United Kingdom
* Nina Jusuf - advisor and trainer for Capacitar International, Indonesia
* Pattrice Jones - writer, professor, activist and author of Aftershock
* David Gangsei - trainer on trauma, vicariouis trauma, vicarious resilience & self-care, United States
* Lin Chew of the Institute for Women's Empowerment (IWE), Hong Kong

United States


Insha Allah's picture

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As a young person agitating for change we come across issues of personal safety. This could be physically, mentally, direct or indirect. As I have been learning and working in psychosocial education programs, your event sounds very interesting for me. I have studied about self-awareness, secondary dramatization and how to prevent it, the ways to become an authentic social worker and so on through psychology organization from United States, SalusWorld. I have a keen interest in your program as an integral part of my learning. However, as I won't be able to attend it, I am looking forward to read your notes based on shared knowledge here, in WorldPulse!!!!!!!!!!!

Shwe Wutt Hmon

ArtByMia's picture

Advocate Fatigue

Thank you for posting such a wonderful entry. This information is very valuable and will certainly help in our work of advocay and support of others. Yes it is quite exhausting and emotionally draining at times. I also realize how important it is to keep healthy and strong in order to give and support others.

I will follow this article and certainly apply the advice given.


irmia's picture

Thank you, Jade!

Hey, thanks for the link!


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