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Defenders for Human Rights

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights – Global Defenders

Speak Truth to Power Canada was modelled after the original Speak Truth to Power, conceptualized by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights. When we undertook to develop a Canadian model identifying Canadian defenders for human rights, we also wanted our Canadian teachers to have access to global defenders identified by Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights.

For each of our 12 lesson plans, we included an RFK Global Defender tab. Under this tab, you may find a Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights lesson plan that has been reviewed to reflect our Canadian educational context. It is important to note that this is a work in progress.

The list below highlights some of STTP’s global defenders, linking you either to the revised Canadian version, or to the original U.S. version at RFK Human Rights.

Name of Defender Themes

Malala Yousafzai

  • Crimes Against Humanity
  • Displacement to Activism
  • Women’s Health and Security

The Refugee

  • Displacement to Activism
  • Children’s Health and Wellness
  • Human Dignity