JHR has been working with Syrian media in the Middle East since 2017 to improve the skills and capacity of Syrian journalists and independent Syrian media to cover human rights issues. Working with Syrian media has incorporated civil society, particularly women’s rights organizations, to address the issues of weak governance within public entities and the absence of public participation in decision making process.
The program was launched with the support of the United Nations Democracy Fund (UNDEF), working to strengthen the Syrian media sector. This support facilitated the path to expand JHR’s intervention within the sector and towards further engaging civil society and key stakeholders to human rights.
Beginning in 2019, Canada World: Voice for Women & Girls is a 4 year initiative supported by Global Affairs Canada that will improve the human rights of women and girls within the Syrian diaspora in the region through working with journalists, civil society and key stakeholders.
To date, JHR has worked with 65,000 journalists and journalism students across the globe, and built the capacity of over 70 civil society organizations on media relations, coordination and production of human right-related content.