Well-being and Self-care
Whether you are new to human rights and social change work or have been at it for decades, you need to feel in balance, so that your nervous system can down-regulate from automatic stress response and create the space that is neurologically and biologically needed for creativity, stamina, resilience and healing.
Policy Brief on 'Wellbeing, Risk, and Human Rights Practice'
Centre for Applied Human Rights, University of York, 2017
This policy brief encourages policy-makers, practitioners, and human rights defenders to develop spaces for self-reflection on individual and collective wellbeing, and to develop and support tactics and strategies for wellbeing.Read more
Emergency Response Toolkit, Tools for wellbeing
Patricia Mathes Cane, Capacitar, 2005
The following Capacitar exercises, based on simple ancient healing skills, are offered to be used at times when we feel drained, scattered or depressed. These tools are for all of us, whether we are survivors of trauma, caregivers or persons overwhelmed and stressed by daily life.
Webinar Summary: Self-Care and Collective Wellbeing
This is a webinar on self-care, collective wellbeing, joy and pleasure as integral components in our struggles for rights and justice. The panellists shared their knowledge and experience with over 80 women’s rights and feminist activists in a vibrant exchange. Questions from the audience tackled the transformative potential of self and collective care but also the profound difficulties and challenges of putting it into practice.Read more
Self-Care and Self-Defense Manual for Feminist Activists
Artemisa, Elige and CREA, 2006
This manual guides women through a journey of self-exploration to optimize their strengths and reflect upon the work context caring for themselves. It provides a series of reflections and exercises that help building self-care strategies in very challenging situations, to which women in particular are exposed to.
Available in: Spanish and EnglishRead more
Trauma and Self-Care Manual on Human Rights Monitoring
This Manual seeks to improve the efficiency, professionalism and impact of human rights field operation in implementing their monitoring mandates, by providing relevant guidance on international human standards and techniques for human rights monitoring.
Available only in EnglishRead more
Travesías para pensar y actuar – experiencias de auto-cuidado
Iniciativa Mesoamericana de Defensoras de Derechos Humanos, 2014
Este manual recoge las más significativas experiencias colectivas de auto-cuidado que se han ido generando en la IM-Defensoras y las Redes Nacionales de defensoras en Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador y México. Aunque diferentes contextos, el auto-cuidado se conceptualiza como el motor de la protección integral y la garantía de la permanencia de los movimientos sociales.Read more
What's the point of revolution if we can't dance?
Urgent Action Fund for Women's Human Rights, 2007
This book contains a collection of testimonies from more than 100 activists around the world, who share their experiences maintaining the sustainability of their activism. Topics include their fears, hopes, exhaustion, exaltation, grief, loss, pain, pleasure, humor, spirituality, funding crunches, backbiting and burnout, self-worth, desire, selfishness, and selflessness.
Available in: English, Spanish, French, Albanian, Farsi and Serbian.Read more