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On January 20 and 21, the ELAS Fund will attend the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) Conference in San Francisco, USA. With the theme "What's new? Innovation and Iteration in Human Rights", the event brings together representatives of funds and funders to discuss innovations in the fight for human rights and social justice philanthropy.
K.K. Verdade, executive coordinator of the ELAS Fund, will lead a panel discussion on the economic crisis in Brazil and contemporary social mobilizations. The aim is to think, together with other Brazilian activists, about how funds and financiers can support democratic social movements and protect human and women's rights in the current context.
Participating in the debate will be representatives of the Brazil Human Rights Fund and the Rio Institute, ELAS partners, as well as members of CFEMEA - Centro Feminista de Estudos e Assessoria, an organization supported by the ELAS Fund since 2009 in projects focused on reproductive rights and ending violence against activists.
"We invited CFEMEA activists to speak to us at the conference about the recession in the country because of their work in favor of gender equality, the defense of women's rights and the fight against violence, and because they are in Brasilia, aware of the current political situation, especially with regard to reproductive rights," says K.K. Verdade.
About the International Human Rights Funders Group
The International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) is a global network of donors and funders committed to advancing human rights worldwide through effective philanthropy. Some of its objectives are: to improve the strategic effectiveness of funding for human rights, to expand collaboration between human rights funders around the world and to increase global funding for human rights.
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Find out more about the conference program here.