Human Rights Defenders Coalition(HRDC) in collaboration with the Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Center for Development of people (CEDEP) conducted a two days training on safety and security. The training whose objectives were to Deepen skills and advocacy strategies on safety and security in the civic space, strengthen skills and experiences of risk and risk mitigation and familiasing rights defenders on security plans development, drew a cross section of media practioners, University students and Civil Society leaders. As one way of expanding the work of activism, HRDC has incorporated HRD’s from University and college chapters which will operate across the country.
Meanwhile, four Chapters have since been established which includes Mzuzu University (MZUNI), University of Livingstonia (UNILIA), Chancellor College (CHANCO) and Malawi Assemblies of God University (MAGU).
Safety and security for Human Rights Defenders remains a major challenge to the civic space of activism. Rights Defenders have heavly been attacked by regimes for their critical advocacy. The training has since provided an insight eye opening for Rights Defenders to strategize on how best they can defend their civic space amidst security and safety challenges. HRDC has since been registerd as an Organisation. This was announced during the press brieifing that was held in Mponela along with the newly established College and University Chapters.