– Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Co-founder, International Campaign to Ban Landmines
—Elazar Barkan, Columbia University
Campaigning for Justice explores the practical strategies behind some of the most innovative human rights campaigns of recent years. The book on interviews with dozens with experienced human rights advocates to explain how they were able to fight seemingly intractable abuses and secure concrete advances in human rights. It explores a rich array of issues, from the international campaigns to end the use of child soldiers and to bring former Liberian President Charles Taylor to trial for war crimes, to national efforts to overcome homophobic violence in Nepal and Jamaica, and the courageous struggle of Libyan families to stand up to the Qaddafi regime to demand justice for a prison massacre.
Campaigning for Justice provides valuable lessons on what “works” in human rights advocacy, the rich diversity of tools and strategies available, and the courage and persistence with which human rights advocates conduct their work.
Jo Becker is an adjunct associate professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Becker has more than 20 years of experience as an advocate for human rights and social justice.
As Children’s Rights Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch, Jo Becker has led successful international campaigns to prevent the use of child soldiers, and protect child domestic workers and other vulnerable children. She has investigated human rights abuses in Uganda, Thailand, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Morocco, Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.
“Documenting the lives of practitioners on the frontline of advocacy for human rights, Jo Becker shows us why the world no longer remains silent when terrible crimes occur. Campaigning for Justice is a vivid testament to the lives of human rights activists, including Becker’s own, as advocates and courageous fighters for the rights of others.” Radhika Coomaraswamy, Former Special Representative to the Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict, United Nations
“While there are books about social movements and books about human rights ideas and issues, this book is situated in the critical gap between those two bodies of work, designed to address the question of how human rights organizations actually do their work. The book has a currency which is needed right now.” Barbara Frey, University of Minnesota
“This book is a gold mine.Campaigning for Justice provides invaluable insights into how human rights campaigns work, and distills lessons gleaned from dozens of veteran advocates. It illustrates the rich diversity of the human rights movement today, and will be a terrific resource not only for those just entering human rights work, but also for those with years of experience.” Jody Williams, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Co-founder, International Campaign to Ban Landmines