Last month, I participated as a FAWE youth representative in an education session on securing the right to education for displaced women and girls. It was the only session on rights-based education during the NGO Forum that preceded the 64>th ordinary session of the African Commission for Human and Peoples Rights (ACPHR)>.
Although ACPHR oversees all human rights, its focus on the right to education hasn’t been explicit. So the forum was an opportunity to position education in emergencies high on its agenda at the continental level and ensure that it continues to occupy a space on the ACPHR platform with policy makers and civic actors.
At the forum, it was striking to see the persistent commitment of civil society organizations and how each one understood and actualized the global commitment to human rights. For example, there are some individuals who sacrificed their very high offices of power and influence in order to found organizations that fight for the rights, justice and inclusivity of vulnerable and marginalized populations.