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Why Human Rights?

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WILD Programs

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Women's Leadership
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Young Women's
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Community Human
Rights Initiatives
National Rights


WILD seeks to shape a movement that will impact political and social change in the United States. To this end, we develop and expand the capacity of grassroots and national advocates for women and girls to integrate human rights into their work.  WILD designs appropriate campaigns and actions for all of its programs, using a range of strategies and collaborations--

 WB00963_.GIF (285 bytes)  Leading training sessions, workshops and presentations for community and national organizations, policy and civic groups, educational institutions, and government bodies

WB00963_.GIF (285 bytes)  Participating in national and international conferences, gatherings and consultations

WB00963_.GIF (285 bytes)  Facilitating and organizing public hearings, issue briefings, statements and testimonies

WB00963_.GIF (285 bytes)  Working with governmental organizations including UN bodies

WB00963_.GIF (285 bytes)  Advocating for gender-sensitive government policies and laws

WB00963_.GIF (285 bytes)  Initiating public awareness and educational activities


Young Women's Leadership Program

WILD provides leadership and decision-making opportunities for young women to actively participate in social and political change. This is a peer-directed training and activist program that works with youth from schools, community centers, youth organizations, and conferences to explore the relevance of human rights to their lives and communities.  WILD works with its Youth Advisory

Board (YAB) members to develop their skills to make   budgetary and  program decisions on a continuous basis. The members of this board receive stipends to train and mentor young potential activists on human rights education, advocacy and other critical leadership skills. Participants and YAB members partner on actions that protect and promote the rights of young women and girls.

Community Human Rights Initiatives

WILD educates community organizations and individuals on international human rights standards and collaborates with them to implement and monitor these standards in local governments, schools and public institutions.  As a result of WILD's leadership, in 1998, San Francisco became the first city in the United States to pass a law instituting the principles that underlie the UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
This law requires city departments to use a genderand human rights analysis to review city policy in employment, funding allocations, and delivery of direct and indirect services. WILD is supporting the efforts of other cities to pass similar human rights laws.  WILD is partnering with California-based community advocates to enforce the United States' obligations under the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD), which the U.S. ratified in 1994.

National Rights Program

WILD advocates and expands the discourse of human rights among activists, leaders and policymakers across the nation. We provide extensive workshops on human rights and convene and facilitate strategy sessions on topics such as women in custody and poverty. By conducting trainings on human rights documentation, drafting briefing papers, and attending UN Conferences, WILD also works to ensure that international bodies receive information about the status of women and girls in the United States.

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   For more information please contact:

WILD for Human Rights
340 Pine Street, Suite 302
San Francisco, CA 94104
Tel:  415-837-0795
Fax:  415-837-1144
[email protected]

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