Each year, around 20 human rights defenders from all over the world stay in the 11 Dutch Shelter Cities. This offers the cities the chance to personally contribute to the improvement of human rights worldwide, through supporting and protecting the brave people that risk their lives defending human rights. By listening to their stories, getting together or supporting the HRD or the Shelter City network financially, you are contributing to the promotion and respect of human rights.
“Human Rights Defenders are the Agents of Change”
Shelter City Bike Challenge
780 Kilometers | 11 Cities | 7 Days
When we welcomed the eleventh Dutch Shelter City to our network in December 2017, one of the first supporters of our programme reacted:
“Wow, eleven cities. I feel an ‘Elfstedentocht’ is coming up!”
In response to this challenge, we cycled 780km across the 11 Dutch Shelter Cities in just 7 days to raise money for the programme. Over 30 people joined us in this challenge, with over 400 donations.
Stay tuned for the Shelter City Bike Challenge 2019!
Become a Shelter City donor
Do you want to support the Shelter City network once or structurally? Look for opportunities on the website of Justice and Peace, the initiator of Shelter City.
“How can you help from the West? Sign petitions, use Twitter, use Facebook! Help us change laws.”
Sponsor a Shelter City guest
Organize a sponsorship or a fundraising for the human rights defenders. Fill out the form below to inquire about the possibilities.
Meet the human rights defenders and get into conversation during a debate, talk, or movie night. Check out the calendar or follow us on social media.
Shelter City friendship network
The Shelter City candidates sometimes have a busy schedule, but besides that it is important for them to relax and have a great social life. Therefore we are looking for volunteers to be part of the Shelter City friendship network, which occasionally meets up with the Shelter City candidates. Look at the city pages to contact the Shelter City nearby.
Photo: Daniella van Bergen