NEWSLETTER: July 31 – Webinar: COVID-19 & socio-economic rights in South Africa ft Azola Dayile


July 31st, 2021

This week’s highlights

  • It’s the final week for early bird tickets to JHR’s Night For Rights!
  • JHR partner Media Council of Kenya’s Deputy CEO reflects on Pan African Women’s Day
  • Webinar: COVID-19 & socio-economic rights in South Africa ft Azola Dayile
  • Introducing the Indigenous Media Collaborative: Brandi Morin

JHR’s Night4Rights is this October 20!



After a hiatus in 2020, JHR is holding its annual Night for Rights gala dinner and party at the Brickworks Pavilion in Toronto on October 20, 2021, from 6pm to 8pm. This year, mindful of potential public health concerns, we’re moving the party outdoors (under a covered roof). We will have both on- and offline speakers and entertainment, and attendees can choose to attend either on- or offline.

For a limited time only, tickets are available at early bird pricing: $500 for individual tickets or $5000 for a table of 8. After August 6, standard pricing ($1000 for tickets, $8000 for table) will apply. Head to to buy tickets!


Pan African Women’s Day:
Media Council of Kenya’s Deputy CEO reflects on Kenya’s key challenge in protecting gender equality



Pan African Women’s Day is celebrated on July 31 as a day to honor the political and economic contributions of women across the African continent. It is also a day to take stock of what needs to be done to protect and advance women’s rights in Africa.

In his reflections for Pan African Women’s Day, Victor Bwire (Deputy CEO of Media Council of Kenya) writes in Capital FM Kenya, “The marking of the 2021 Pan African Women’s Day on July 31st comes at a time in Kenya when the protection of gains made by women in various spheres of life especially in the political arena will shortly be tested.”

As the country prepares for the 2022 general election, Bwire says that Kenya must remember that the “tremendous progress” made in gender equality in the country can only be protected if “laws and policies gain the much-needed political goodwill to be implemented.”

The Media Council of Kenya is a key implementing partner of JHR’s Canada World: Voice for Women and Girls program. Read the full article here.


Webinar: COVID-19
and socio-economic rights in South Africa


Join Azola Dayile on Friday, August 6, 2021 (12pm SAST/6am ET) as he moderates a discussion with experts on how South Africa needs to tackle the triple challenge of inequality, poverty and unemployment during the COVID-19 pandemic.

About the moderator: Azola Dayile is the programme manager for advocacy, litigation and lobbying at Media Monitoring Africa. He has worked as a reporter, researcher, communications and marketing officer at established organisations and publications in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape. Besides being an invested nerdy news and media junkie, Azola also enjoys conversations around literature, philosophy, politics and the post-94 media & journalism landscape in South Africa.

This webinar is presented by JHR’s Mobilizing Media to Fight COVID-19 program, in partnership with Media Monitoring Africa and Sound Africa.

Register for the webinar here.

Help us continue this essential awareness-building work. When journalists shine the light on human rights abuses and injustices, it leads to actual, life-changing impact. You can read more about the MMFC program’s other success stories here.



The above stories are part of the Mobilizing Media to Fight COVID-19 project funded by



Introducing the Indigenous Media Collaborative: Brandi Morin


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 Brand Morin about why she pursues stories about Land Back.



Brandi Morin is an award-winning French/Cree/Iroquois journalist from Treaty 6, Alberta, near Edmonton. Her most notable work is published/broadcasted with Al Jazeera English, The Guardian, The National Observer, The Toronto Star, Power & Politics, CTV National, CBC Newsnet, The New York Times, Huff Post Canada, Elle Canada, Vice Canada, The Walrus, Aboriginal Peoples Television Network National News, and CBC Indigenous.

Brandi won a Human Rights Reporting award from the Canadian Association of Journalists in April of 2019 for her work with the CBC’s Beyond 94 project tracking the progress of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action. Her debut memoir, A Woman of Gold, is forthcoming with House of Anansi in 2022.

Brandi’s Ricochet piece, ‘At Fairy Creek, Indigenous-settler allyships are complicated — but they’re working’, is the first story to come out of the collaborative. In this story, she unpacks the powerful potential of the new relationships forming between Indigenous land defenders and settler activists in Fairy Creek as they rally together to save the ancient forest from logging.

Read the story, with breathtaking photographs by Ora Cogan and Brandi herself, here.



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