Checking In with Defensoría Edmundo Rice
Defensoría Edmundo Rice (DER) is an NGO committed to the defence and promotion of human rights. DER’s main task is to influence and encourage agents of change in Latin America. DER engages with governments, political authorities and international leaders, to seek solutions to the problems that affect the lives of the most vulnerable. DER seeks to raise human rights violations to the agenda of the international community at the United Nations. Despite the pandemic and school closures, the project carried out successful initiatives this year.
- Presenting three oral statements to the UN Human Rights Council, in collaboration with Edmund Rice International and PRATYeK. One warned of online risks to which children and adolescent are exposed, especially the risk of sexual exploitation. Recommendations were made for the four countries where the project operates: Argentina, Bolivia, Peru and Uruguay. The other statements focused on the increase in teenage pregnancies in Peru and cases of sexual abuse in Uruguay.
- A social media campaign for International Women’s Day: “Women Leaders in the Region.” 13 women participated including school principals, teachers and project personnel. The women shared their reflections on the importance of the role of women in the context of COVID-19. Paola Miranda, the DER Project Manager, is pictured in the campaign.
- A global women’s leadership campaign with Edmund Rice England and Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America, supported by Edmund Rice Beyond Borders. The campaign involved around 60 women teachers, principals and students across the global Edmund Rice network.
- Expanding the Model United Nations project in Peru. The number of students in the Better World school in Chimbote doubled to almost 40. In addition, the first group of 30 students at the Fe y Alegría school in Lima has begun training.
- Engagement with parents of primary and secondary pupils in Stella Maris school in Uruguay to find out their support for human rights activities. Responses somewhat surprised the team revealing a very high level of parental commitment and suggestions of activities in which they would like to be involved.
- Inclusion in the National Institute of Human Rights in Uruguay, allowed the DER team to participate in meetings, contribute to decision making and benefit from training.
- Marking Bolivian Children’s Day and the International Day of the Family where several children shared their experiences with key community actors. Information was shared about rights and how families can participate.
- Working on the project ‘Strengthening civil society in Bolivia’ in the context of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), collaborating with the Marist International Solidarity Foundation, the International Catholic Centre of Geneva (CCIG) and a coalition of 18 civil society actors in Bolivia.
In June, Misean Cara conducted a remote monitoring visit of the DER project. Beneficiaries, project staff and stakeholders shared their experiences and achievements through online methods. Misean Cara’s feedback on the projects was very positive, and included useful recommendations. ERD and the project team wish to take the opportunity to thank Misean Cara for their continued support of the Defensoría Edmundo Rice project.