IHRLG's Burundi team is building the capacity of a core group of civil society leaders and legal practitioners in human rights monitoring, reporting and campaigning, and is partnering with local NGOs in providing legal literacy and human rights education to women and youth. IHRLG also provides NGOs with human rights resource materials and access to the Internet.
Our capacity-building activities also help Burundian NGOs improve the ethnic, gender and geographic diversity of their organizations, broaden their outreach within the human rights community and strengthen their capacity to mobilize and influence public opinion.
Examples of IHRLG human rights education projects include
- Joining the Centre Jeune Kamenge (a peace and reconciliation center working with youth from Kamenge, Butere and Kinama) in conducting workshops for teenagers from the northern areas of Bujumbura, the most sensitive areas of the capital in terms of human rights violations.
- Partnering with the Ligue Burundaise pour l'Enfance et la Jeunesse (an NGO focused on protecting the rights of children and youth during armed conflict), Sylvestre Barancira (a Burundian specialist in children's trauma) and Joseph Bitamba (a famous Burundian filmmaker) in creating an awareness-raising film on the rise in sexual abuse of children, especially street children.