WITNESS trains and supports activists and citizens around the world to use video safely, ethically, and effectively to expose human rights abuse and fight for human rights change. WITNESS identifies critical situations and teaches those affected by them the basic of video production, safe and ethical filming techniques, and advocacy strategies.
WITNESS main areas of work:
Critical and surge response
Video as evidence
Witness media lab
Gender- based violence
B'Tselem is an independent non-profit organization whose stated goals are to document human rights violations in the occupied territories, combat denial and help to create a human rights culture in Israel. B'Tselem acts primarily to change Israeli policy in the Occupied Territories and ensure that its government, which rules the Occupied Territories, protects the human rights of residents there and complies with its obligations under international law.
B'Tselem main areas of work:
Activity in the Knesset
Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
This organization is an international protection of refugees. UNHCR is committed to the international recognition of the fundamental rights of people and works to ensure that these rights would be considered by governments. UNHCR ensures that the rights of refugees are respected.
UNHCR's main areas of work:
Refugee's human rights
Refugee's right to seek asylum
Protection of Refugee's
Coordinates international refugee aid
Emergency and disaster relief
Human Rights First
Human Rights First is an independent advocacy and action organization that challenges America to live up to its ideals. They believe American leadership is essential in the global struggle for human rights, so they press the U.S. government and private companies to respect human rights and the rule of law. When they fail, they step in to demand reform, accountability and justice. They work around the world to secure freedoms.
Human Rights First main areas of work:
Create political environment and policy
Defend persecuted minorities
Help with global challenges
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is a nonprofit, nongovernmental, and international human rights organization. The staff consists of human rights professionals including country experts, lawyers, journalists, and academics of diverse backgrounds.
Human Rights Watch's main areas of work:
Accurate fact finding
Press for changes in policy
Promote human rights and justice
Amnesty International USA
Amnesty International unites people from across the world for human rights using tactics of research, action, and advocacy. With over 3 million supporters and volunteers in more than 150 countries, they work to protect human rights worldwide. They are a nongovernmental organization.
Amnesty International USA's main areas of work:
Protect human rights
Release of prisoners from unjust detention
Bring domestic laws against torture
Worked to get the death penalty abolished
Stop sexual abuse
World Health Organization (WHO)
WHO’s primary role is to direct and coordinate international health within the United Nations’ system. WHO supports countries as they coordinate the efforts of multiple sectors of the government and partners – including bi- and multi-laterals, funds and foundations, civil society organizations and private sector – to attain their health objectives and support their national health policies and strategies.
WHO’S main areas of work:
Promoting health through the life-course
Preparedness, surveillance and response
United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM)
United Nations Development Fund for Women promotes gender equality, working to develop and uphold standards and create an environment in which every woman and girl can exercise her human rights and live up to her full potential. UN Women focuses on priority areas that are fundamental to women’s equality, and that can unlock progress across the board.
UN Women main areas of work:
Leadership and political participation
Ending violence against women
Peace and security
Governance and national planning
Sustainable development agenda
HIV and AIDS
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
United Nations Population Fund is the lead United Nations agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every childbirth is safe and every young person's potential is fulfilled. UNFPA expands the possibilities for women and young people to lead healthy and productive lives.
UNFPA main areas of work:
Sustainable Development Goals
Human rights-based approaches
Culturally sensitive approaches
Partnering with civil society
Internal Audit and Investigation
UNFPA in the UN system
Policies & Procedures
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
United Nations Development Programme works in some 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. UNDP helps encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.
UNDP main areas of work:
Democratic governance and peace-building
Climate and disaster resilience
United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund is a leading humanitarian and development agency working globally for the rights of every child. UNICEF works with and for children through adolescence and into adulthood requires a global presence whose goal is to produce results and monitor their effects.
UNICEF main areas of work:
Protection from disaster
Pre-natal care for healthy births
United Nations Foundation
The United Nations is the one international organization with the reach and vision capable of solving global problems. The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues.
The United Nations main areas of work:
Peace and security
U.S.- UN relations