NEWSLETTER: July 17 – JHR trainee Kawthar Alcheibi’s report on the dire state of hospitals in Sidi Bouzid grabs government attention

July 17, 2021

This week’s highlights
  • Webinar replay: Unpacking the impact of climate change on human rights
  • JHR trainee’s report on the dire state of hospitals in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia grabs government attention
  • Save the Date: Night4Rights 2021 slated for October 20!   
  • Introducing the Indigenous Media Collaborative: Marisela Amador (The Eastern Door)

JHR trainee Kawthar Alcheibi’s report
on the dire state of hospitals in Sidi Bouzid
grabs government attention


Hospitals in Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia are battling the COVID-19 pandemic with scant resources – Photo courtesy Kashfmedia
On June 15, 2021, Kashfmedia published an article by JHR trainee Kawthar Alcheibi, in which she highlighted the acute shortage of resources facing public hospitals in the governate of Sidi Bouzid, Tunisia. She interviewed doctors, hospital management, and health care advocates in the region about their frustration with the local governments’ inaction in this regard.
After her article was published, a government minister visited the hospital to take note of the grievances of a doctor interviewed for the story. The doctor spoke openly about the failure of the government in ensuring the health rights of the public.
Read a translation of Alcheibi’s story here.
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The above stories are part of the Mobilizing Media to Fight COVID-19 project funded by



Unpacking the impact of
climate change on human rights


Jesse Firempong answers a question during the Human Rights & Climate Change webinar – Screengrab
Last week, Canadian journalists and human rights experts Jesse Firempong (National Observer), Stephanie Wood (The Narwhal) and Jerome Turner (Ricochet) joined JHR regional trainer Kimberley Hartwig for an insightful discussion on how climate change disproportionately affects Indigenous people, Black people, people of colour, and economically marginalized peoples.
Panel topics included:
  • Human rights in the Indigenous worldview
  • The role of racial justice in climate recovery
  • The media’s responsibilities towards communities most affected by climate change



This event was part of JHR’s Strengthening Media in Canada through a Rights-Based Solutions Approach program and was funded by the McConnell Foundation.


Save the Date:

JHR’s Night4Rights is this October 20!



Night for Rights will take place at the Brickworks Pavilion in Toronto from 6pm-8pm, on October 20, 2021. This year, mindful of potential public health concerns, we’re putting on an extended cocktail party in an outdoor setting. We will have both on- and offline speakers and entertainment, and attendees can choose to attend either on- or offline. Tickets are $500 or $5000 for a group of 10. More details soon at!


Introducing the Indigenous Media Collaborative: 

Carisela Amador (The Eastern Door)


JHR’s Solutions Journalism program is pleased to introduce the members of its new Indigenous Media Collaborative, a group of Indigenous journalists and media organizations that is producing a series of solutions journalism and human rights stories about land claims, Indigenous sovereignty, and #LandBack. This week, we speak to Marisela Amador of The Eastern Door about her interest in pursuing stories about #Landback.



Marisela Amador has worked as a TK at The Eastern Door for almost three years now. She became the lead reporter at the paper within a year of joining the publication, and has recently taken on the role of assistant editor. Amador was born in Nicaragua and immigrated to Quebec with her family as a child.



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