And taking a wider lens, we will help people understand the broader human rights, social and economic implications of this pandemic, in order to help them better navigate those challenges and find solutions to them.
It’s easy to lose perspective on coronavirus. It’s easy to despair. It may be a while before a viable vaccine is developed.
But it’s also a time of heroism and hope. Never before has the globe come together with such commonality of purpose to fight this threat. China is sending testing kits to Italy and the United States. Italians are sharing their stories and their songs from the balconies, both as an inspiration and as a cautionary tale to others to act early. It is not going to be easy. Provided we maintain a commitment to basic human rights at the core of all of our responses to this crisis, there will, also, be positive changes to come.
Recognizing the scope of this new threat, JHR first prioritized keeping our people safe. Based on guidance from Health Canada and the World Health Organization, Canada-based employees have been working remotely since March 13. We brought an international delegation in Mali back as quickly as possible. And working with partner CTV News, we pulled international expert trainer Sarah Plowman on CTV Edmonton back from Jordan. (Check out her blog from Jordan, here or read more here. And, if you’d like to see how Sarah pivoted to cover coronavirus in transit, here is her story *from the airplane.*)
Staff travel is now on hold until the threat has passed.
During this uncertain time, and despite these measures, the incredible people who represent Journalists for Human Rights will be hard at work. Possibly harder than ever.
In a pandemic, having access to the right information literally saves lives.
Thank you for reading, thank you for caring, and thank you for your support of Journalists for Human Rights through these difficult and uncertain times. Please continue your support, as you are able – we’re taking donations specifically related to supporting journalists supporting communities through this pandemic here.
Because in a crisis, #InformationSavesLives.