Call for Papers: Human Rights Education and Grassroots Activism

Lead Editors: Suzanne Egan, Jeff Plantilla and Felicia Yeban

The recent rise of social movements such as Black Lives Matter, Fridays for Future and #MeToo has been one of the most potent forces of human rights mobilisation to have emerged at the global level in decades. At a time when the international human rights movement has come increasingly under fire for its colonial framing, excessive professionalisation and legalistic strategizing, attention has turned to the contrasting success of these grassroots movements in capturing public attention and empowering victims and communities to initiate social as well as legal change.  Human rights education (HRE) through diverse means – from public education initiatives, storytelling and engagement in formal and non-formal settings – has clearly been a critical factor in the evolution of these movements and in contributing to the success of their respective struggles. The involvement of young people in these movements has been particularly striking. At the same time, human rights mobilisation by NGOs and local voluntary sector groups in many countries (including single issue groups, local community groups, faith-based organisations, and charities) with varying degrees of formalisation and resources, is also evolving. Such groups and organisations regularly engage in both formal and informal HRE initiatives. Their aims include raising awareness of current social problems, community empowerment, to building a culture of human rights. NGOs and grassroots organisations have also played a crucial role over many years in helping to develop the HRE policies and programmes of international organisations such as the UN and the Council of Europe. For more information and to submit visit this page.

Please send an extended abstract of no more than 250 words to Managing Editor Marta Stachurska-Kounta at with the email subject line: HRER Special Edition HRE and Grassroots Activism by 4 February 2022.  Abstracts will be reviewed and the authors informed no later than 25 February 2022 if we would like to invite the full paper for review. All invited manuscripts will be subject to double-blind peer review. Full manuscripts are due by 29 April 2022, and the Special Issue will be published in Vol 6(1) in January 2023.

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