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UNESCO Oliver Tambo Chair of Human Rights: Enhancing Participatory Development and Social Awareness Among Women and Youth at the Local Level

University of Fort Hare

  • Program Civil Society
  • Program Area Special Initiatives
  • Grant Amount $100,000
  • Grant Period March 1, 2012–December 31, 2014
  • Location Alice, South Africa
  • Geographic Focus Eastern Cape, Province of

About this grant

The UNESCO Oliver Tambo Chair of Human Rights, based at the University of Fort Hare in South Africa, was established through funding by UNESCO to advance human rights, respect for democratic values, peace, and social justice. Past support enabled the chair to train and support women and youth in the Nkonkobe region of the Eastern Cape province to meaningfully participate in local governance and decisionmaking processes that affect their lives. The training enabled these groups to explore emerging economic opportunities, especially through the municipal and other government processes and increased their chances to become employed. This grant will assist the UNESCO Oliver Tambo Chair of Human Rights to continue to empower women and young people to enhance their skills so that they can become self-reliant and self-sufficient. It will also expand the project to other areas within the Nkonkobe region and will raise awareness on human rights and how people can engage as active citizens for their basic needs to be realized.