Commitment to Action

Heroes on the Front Line: Human Rights Graphic Novel Story Telling

Commitment by

Front Line Defenders

In 2015, Front Line Defenders committed to researching, writing, and publishing two graphic novels that profile human rights defenders (HRDs) working on environmental justice and LGBTI rights; two areas in which advocates are particularly vulnerable to threat, criminalization, and attack. Based on the success of a pilot publication on women HRDs in northern Mexico, these graphic novels will each profile five additional HRDs in five separate countries, for a total of ten additional stories. With their unique ability to engage the emotions of the reader, these graphic novels will generate larger audiences for the HRDs, and enhance their security and success through enhanced visibility on the global and local stage. Each graphic novel will be published in English, Spanish, French, and the local languages of the HRDs, and will be linked to related multimedia and digital platforms. Through local distribution and a coordinated outreach strategy, Front Line Defenders will promote the HRDs visibility to, and engagement with, local and state governments and intergovernmental agencies as well as an international audience of supporters.

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Commitment

Heroes on the Front Line: Human Rights Graphic Novel Story Telling

Launched

2015

Est. Duration

2 years

Estimated Total Value

$141,000

Region

Asia, Africa

Countries

CAMBODIA, INDIA, KENYA, Kyrgyz Republic, MONGOLIA, MOROCCO, PARAGUAY, PERU, TURKEY, ZAMBIA

Commitment by

Front Line Defenders

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Psyop, International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission, Global Witness, Association for Womens Rights in Development (AWID)