For the last 15 years or so I have been working in the field of Human Rights with a focus on Freedom of Religion or Belief (FoRB).
Everyone has the right to:
– Have a religion or belief of their choice (or none whatsoever).
– Change their religion or belief.
– Practice peacefully their religion or belief.
I’ve travelled around the world and tried to help build the capacities of local people to understand their own rights and defend and promote their own rights. I’ve been a voice for the voiceless, but even more importantly, I’ve tried to help the voiceless find their own voices.
Along the way I’ve met some fabulous and inspiring people. With this blog I’d like to share a few of the stories I’ve experienced and some of the lessons and insights I’ve learned.
My background is in the fields of Psychology, Pedagogy, Religion and Christian Theology and Human Rights with a focus on FoRB. A lot of my time has been spent developing new strategies for advocacy and lobby campaigns on behalf of those who are persecuted because of their belief, religious practice or identity. I’ve also used a lot of time and energy on developing good and captivating communications techniques, both in teaching settings as well as in meeting with national and international authorities. My stories reflect all of this.
I hope you enjoy them and please do let me know what you think 🙂