Women human rights defenders face gendered and sexualised attacks in addition to the threats experienced by their male colleagues. Trauma, chronic stress and burnout are very real risks in such circumstances. In response, Open Briefing is launching a new initiative to provide wellbeing support packages to at-risk WHRDs from Latin America.
Open Briefing is delighted to become a partner in Project Galileo. The project is Cloudflare’s response to cyber attacks launched against important, yet vulnerable targets, like artistic groups, humanitarian organisations, and the voices of political dissent. We are honoured to be joining this initiative alongside Amnesty International, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and the Council of Europe.
We are delighted to unveil our new logo and branding on our website today. Our wonderful graphic designer has created an elegant evolution of our original logo and a refreshed colour palette. The new logo removes the old strapline and introduces an openness and humanity to the original design.
The campaigner and social entrepreneur Chris Abbott founded Open Briefing in 2011. Described by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as ‘radical in the proper sense’, Chris has spent his career protecting others. Based on his years of experience, Chris knew that the time was right for an innovative organisation to provide appropriate, effective and affordable support to those on the frontlines of civil society.
We believe it is important to know who we are and what we stand for. So with support from a wonderful volunteer communications professional, we have written a new purpose, vision, mission and values (PVMV) statement. We hope it confidently and clearly communicates to all our stakeholders what we do and why.
Today, we celebrate International Women Human Rights Defenders Day. On this occasion, Open Briefing is announcing new wellbeing support for WHRDs threatened because of their work and gender. Funded by the Evans Cornish Foundation, we will shortly be launching a project to pilot a free remote counselling service for WHRDs.
Open Briefing is delighted to announce its new advisory board. They join the team at an exciting time, when we face new challenges and opportunities, and the threats against civil society are greater than ever. We are honoured to have people of such statue supporting our work.
Open Briefing and 110 other civil society organisations concerned with internet freedom and digital security have published an open letter to Facebook urging it to continue to increase the end-to-end security of its messaging service despite government demands to undermine encryption.