The West African Human Rights Defenders Network (WAHRDN) is an organization of human rights defenders national coalitions from West Africa 16 countries (Benin, Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Mauritania, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo). They conduct training on human rights issues, research into human rights abuses and also do work around elections. As a network organisation, one of WAHRDN’s principal aims is to facilitate information sharing between national organisations to ensure that they can learn from one another. In an internet age this is easier than ever before and that’s why we have awarded WAHRDN a grant of £12,599 to help WAHRDN and their national chapters build WordPress blogs in Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Senegal and Guinea. As a regular user of the WordPress platform, it’s easy to see the advantages it offers. Not only is it quick and easy to use, but it will allow national organisations to quickly and easily publish articles, news stories and reports on human rights issues without requiring any advanced training in complex content management systems.
The funding that Indigo is providing will enable WAHRDN to train up staff on how to use the WordPress platform, as well as the initial set-up costs associated with each site. Part of the funds will also be used to enable human rights defenders to conduct research, analysis and investigations into human rights issues, which they can publicise and promote via their blogs.