The EMHRF has been a member of the International Human Rights Funders Group (IHRFG) since 2010.
The IHRFG is a network of international foundations and is currently composed of more than 800 members representing approximately 300 organizations that provide human rights-related grants around the world and that is committed to advancing human rights around the world through effective philanthropy.
More information on the IHRFG: www.ihrfg.org
For more information on human rights defenders (HRDs): ihrfg.org/human-rights-defenders
Activities of the Foundation within the IHRFG:
- The Foundation organised, with the Urgent Action Fund, a telebriefing on “Promoting Human Rights in Gaza - The Role of Human Rights Funders” on December 6, 2012 with advocates from Gaza and funders active in the region to discuss how international funders might play a role in advancing human rights in this difficult context, in the immediate and long terms.
The purposes of the discussions were:
- In February 2013, the Foundation organised a telebriefing on "Egypt in Transition: Opportunities and Challenges for Human Rights Funders" surveying the political and legal developments in Egypt and exploring human rights priorities, gaps, opportunities and entry points for funders.
- The Foundation also organised a telebriefing on “Promoting Human Rights in Syria: The Role of Human Rights Funders” on March 21st, 2013 with funders active in the region to explore how human rights grantmakers can effectively and strategically support Syrian activists and civil society organizations amid an escalating and multifaceted war. With this perspective, the discussion adressed issues such as:
- Within the framework of the working group on human rights defenders in the IHRFG, the EMHRF also co-organized a telebriefing on “Promoting Integrated Security through Psychosocial Support to Human Rights Defenders” on October 30, 2013.
The Foundation took part in the IHRFG semi-annual Conference for the first time in July 2009, and has since then participated in each one of these, taking place alternatively in San Francisco in January and in NYC in July.
At the conferences, the Foundation organized discussion sessions on:
The mission of the working group is:
In 2015 the working group re-edited its directory of emergency response mechanisms to assist human rights defenders and NGOs in need of urgent support in the Arab world and elsewhere.