The Human Rights programme aims to strengthen the realisation of constitutional rights for the most disadvantaged groups in society by addressing the root causes of political, economic and social discrimination.
Counteracting discrimination against cultural or ethnical minorities and promoting gender equity is a central pillar of the foundation’s work.
Despite the fact that partner countries in the region, Namibia and South Africa, have progressive constitutions based on tolerance and equal rights for all persons living in their societies, awareness for these constitutional rights is not yet deeply anchored in all tiers of society.
This becomes more critical as state institutions are often not able or willing to ensure protection of all social groups against hatred crimes, violence, discrimination and prejudice.
The foundation believes that a democratic culture can only be fostered if equality and fully participation is guaranteed and enjoyed by all members of society. Social integration is a fundamental requirement for the promotion of social cohesion.
For more information, please contact Paula Assubuji, Human Rights Programme Manager: Paula.Assubuji'at'za.boell.org