In the past Tilburg has had good experiences with the project ‘Vrijplaats’ through which human rights defenders found shelter in the city for a year. This is why Tilburg joins the Shelter City network in 2016.
ContourdeTwern is responsible for the coordination in Shelter City Tilburg. Since January 2016, the employees of Switch at CountourdeTwern work on global citizenship. Switch stimulates behavior that contributes to a just and sustainable world. Here and there, now and in the future. Switch will stop existing as an independent organization, but the activities and employees of Switch in Brabant joined ContourdeTwern. This is why ContourdeTwern carries out the local implementation of Shelter City Tilburg. They arrange the shelter, supervision, and accommodation of the human rights defender, select courses, find potential people to speak to, and organize meetings. Tilburg University is also closely involved with Shelter City and there is also cooperation with local organizations
The first human rights defender was a journalist from South Sudan. Next to resting and working on his international network, he received an extensive program in Tilburg and elsewhere. He gave guest classes at several schools: the Theresialyceum, the Cobbenhagen Lycuem, and the Beatrix College. He also took part in the school competition in Brabant ‘Watch your World’ on international cooperation and global citizenship. He participated in the ‘The Hague Training Course for Human Rights Defenders on Security’ (THTC) and spoke at a screening of the documentary ‘A Haunting History’ on South Sudan, directed by Ilse and Femke van Velsen. There was also a meeting with alderwomen Mario Jacobs. The next candidate will arrive in 2017.
Friends of Shelter City Tilburg
We are looking for volunteers for the network of Friends of Shelter City Tilburg. Do you want to guide the human rights defender in the city, help with daily practical matters like travel, groceries, and the like, or supervise him with work visits and help organizes an activity programme? Join us! You can apply through the form!
Consultant global citizenship
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