New Danish initiative will promote youth rights in Middle East and North Africa

Rasmus Grue Christensen, CEO, DIGNITY

DIGNITY will lead a new ambitious consortium of Danish and Arab human rights organisations under the Danish-Arab Partnership Programme (DAPP).

The programme, for which a total of 460 million Danish kroner (66 million US dollars) has been allocated, starts on 1 July 2022 and runs over the next five years (2022-27). The aim is to promote and strengthen the rights of young people through support for independent civil society, in which young people are involved and have a say. At the same time, the programme will support governments in the Middle East and North Africa in organising their legislation and institutions in order to ensure youth participation and respect for human rights.

DIGNITY will lead and have the secretariat function in the new consortium of organisations. The other organisations in the consortium are the Danish Institute for Human Rights, International Media Support and KVINFO. The consortium is supported by subcontractors, including the Tunisian organisation Munathara, the international organisations EuroMed Rights and the Euro-Mediterranean Foundation of Support to Human Rights Defenders, as well as the Danish organisations Danner, LGBT+ Denmark and Sex & Samfund. Together, the organisations will support and collaborate with a large number of civil society partners and institutions in the Middle East and North Africa.

Major and important contribution

DIGNITY’s CEO Rasmus Grue Christensen (photo) is looking forward to the prospect of continuing to make a major and important contribution to the fight for human rights in the Middle East and North Africa:

»The global fight for human rights and democracy has never been more important. That is why I am extremely happy and grateful that DIGNITY will now be at the forefront of a strong consortium of Danish and Arab human rights organisations that will promote democratic reforms, gender equality and human rights with a special focus on young people’s conditions in the Middle East and North Africa for the next five years«, he says.

The human rights effort is one of two pillars of the DAPP programme for the next five years. The second pillar has its focus on creating jobs in the Middle East and North Africa.

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