Tools & Guides

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Advocacy in Restricted Spaces: A Toolkit for Civil Society (2020)

Lifeline – Created by the Lifeline Embattled CSO Assistance Fund, a consortium led by Freedom House, the Advocacy in Restricted Spaces toolkit is intended for use by grassroots, national, and regional civil society organizations that want to engage in advocacy in restrictive environments. The toolkit includes:

  • A step-by-step guide for advocacy planning that stresses risk mitigation and intersectionality.
    – 10 tactics that can be used in restrictive spaces, such as Engaging with Unlikely Allies; Addressing Slander, Stereotypes, and Stigmatization; and Creative Cultural Resistance.
    – 16 case studies with real-world examples of how civil society organizations achieved success with their advocacy, highlighting how traditionally marginalized groups have engaged in advocacy, including women’s rights activists, LGBTI communities, and ethnic minorities.
    – Links to more than 50 external resources related to advocacy planning and security, with annexes related to digital security, well-being, risk assessment, and stakeholder mapping to enable civil society organizations to prevent and mitigate threats at each stage of their campaigning.

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Indigenous women’s rights in the African system (2015)

Forest Peoples Programme – The toolkit has been created in order to introduce indigenous women, and the organisations which represent them, to the African system of human and peoples’ rights. It highlights the different routes available to ensuring that the rights of indigenous women are valued and taken into account by the African Commission.

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We mean business: protecting women’s rights in global supply chains (2020)

Action Aid – Identifying, addressing and holding companies to account for the adverse gendered impacts of their activities on women needs to be embedded in this emerging due diligence legislation and wider business and human rights policies and strategies. This paper explains why such an approach is needed, and how states and companies can integrate gender- responsive human rights due diligence into existing and emerging efforts in the area of business and human rights.

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Behind the Scenes of Extractives: Money, Power & Community Resistance (2021)

JASS and Count Me In! Consortium – This tookit is dedicated to women land defenders confronting unwanted and damaging extractive projects. It contains six popular education modules on ‘Investment chains in extractives projects’ and it is based on the contents of the research report ‘Behind the scenes of extractive industry: critical insights from Honduras, Indonesia and Zimbabwe’ . Particular attention is paid to investors and behind-the-scenes enablers of extractive projects, with the aim of identifying and rating possible pressure points that activists could focus their efforts on.

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Women’s Rights Campaigning: Info-Activism Toolkit (2014)

Tactical Tech – This online toolkit advises women rights defenders and community based organisations who want to use technology tools and practices in their campaigning. It includes tips and guidance on communications strategies to grab attention, tell a story and inspire action; an overview of communication tools and digital security strategies;  and examples of successful campaigns led by women activists around the world.

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Forest Peoples Programme Toolkits for Indigenous Peoples and local communities

Forest Peoples Programme has developed a series of toolkits for Indigenous Peoples and local communities in different countries, that provide useful information on FPIC and the international, regional and national mechanisms they can use in order to claim their rights and protect their lands, territories and natural resources.

Indigenous Women and the Inter-American Human Rights System: A Toolkit on Mechanisms (2015)

Forest People’s Programme – This toolkit , which contains a series of information notes explaining different aspects of the Inter-American system, is designed to help indigenous women and their advocates to use the system effectively. It is the result of a collective effort by indigenous women from Argentina, Costa Rica, Chile, Canada, Colombia, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama and Paraguay, among other countries. They have worked together for many years to raise awareness about the opportunities offered by the Inter-American human rights system with regard to the rights of indigenous women.

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Gender Toolkit for International Finance Watchers (2013)

Gender Action – This toolkit for civil society groups provides checklists and guides for civil society groups to incorporate gender analysis and impact assessment into their work on international finance institutions or development projects. Includes links to several gender analysis methodologies.

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Gender and International Finance Institutions: A Guide for Civil Society (2011)

CEE Bankwatch – This guide helps civil society groups in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as the Caucasus and Central Asia (ECA) region, to identify and mitigate adverse gender impacts of investments carried out by IFIs active in the region, including the World Bank Group, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, European Investment Bank and Asian Development Bank, as well as the European Union financial instruments – the European Neighborhood and Partnership Instrument and the Development Cooperation Instrument.

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