Defenders’ Wellbeing Collective
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The Defenders’ Wellbeing Collective aims to facilitate a unique space for leaders of grassroots, community, and survivor-led human rights organizations globally to reflect, experiment, share, and learn together about how best to support greater wellbeing and resilience within their organizations. The collective will serve as an environment for reflection, innovation, and honest exchanges, in which human rights leaders can have the flexibility to learn, make mistakes, iterate, and deepen their inner wellbeing and organizational practices in dialogue with each other. We propose to bring together an initial group of 20-25 leaders from grassroots, community, and survivor-led organizations. This can include, but is not limited to, individuals working to advance racial justice, indigenous rights, LGBTQI+ rights, the rights of immigrants and refugees, the rights of incarcerated persons, the rights of persons with disabilities, the rights of religious minorities, survivor-led feminist organizations etc.

The Defenders’ Wellbeing Collective will take place over two years. During this time, participants will:
- Join quarterly remote meetings;
- Participate in an in-person convening (COVID-19 permitting);
- Receive support to engage in, pilot, and research programs for wellbeing and resilience within the organizations where they are working; and
- Receive access to resources around wellbeing for their organizations. Additionally, we will aim to conduct research with the collective, to use this space as a means to advance broader learning for the human rights community as a whole.
The program will be offered in English, French and Spanish.

Full concept note:
Deadline for applications on the 20th of September.
Your Name *
Name of your organization or movement *
Location of organization or movement *
Your position within your organization or movement *
This program is intended for grassroots, community-led, or directly-impacted organizations. Please describe the group(s) that you identify as part of and/or work alongside. *
Email address (or if you do not have an email address, a phone number/WhatsApp number) *
Briefly tell us about yourself (recommended max 150 words) *
How has your background and/or past experience informed your approach to human rights advocacy? (recommended max 150 words) *
What is or should be the role of wellbeing in the human rights organizations and movements you are involved in? (recommended max 150 words) *
How do you think your organization/movement will benefit from participating in this program (including its members and the wider communities you work with)? (recommended max 150 words) *
To what extent does your organization/movement want to place greater priority on wellbeing? How do you evaluate the readiness of your organization/movement for change? (recommended max 150 words) *
Do you have the support of your organization or movement? (Yes or No and explain on "other") *
Are there any barriers to your participation that we might be able to try to help to support you with? If so, please describe how best we can support you to fully access the programming. *
Please list one reference who can speak to your work or commitment to wellbeing, and include their contact information. Please note, we may contact them to learn more about you. *
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