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Tuesday, July 19 • 9:00am - 10:30am
#WS4 Using innovative ways to enhance digital rights advocacy at the UPR

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This session will enhance participants' ability to carry out research, campaigns and execute advocacy strategies to advance digital rights, especially at the Universal Periodic Review mechanism. We will demonstrate how civil society organisations in Africa can utilise our free, innovative and interactive platform, the UPRoar Tools to improve understanding of the UPR and how to actively engage in digital rights advocacy at the UN. The tools will enhance participants understanding through;
-Country profiles that explore the level of engagement of each country in the UPR
- The Matchmaker, which assists in discovering new relationships and finding countries to lobby in your advocacy efforts.
- Recommendation Builder, which improves the precision of recommendations made on various themes and topics of importance
- Recommendation Directory, which will provide in depth information and insights on the UPR and digital rights among other human rights themes. This session will also highlight some of the ways civil society can improve their campaigns through crafting eye-catching, precise and engaging campaign and advocacy materials to be used on social media and other platforms for the UPR at the local level.

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Catherine Anite

Program Director, Small Media Foundation
Catherine Anite is a Human Rights advocate and freedom of expression expert. She is theGlobal Lead for Small Media’s UPRoar program, that champions digital rights in over 30countries across Africa, Central Asia and the Mena region. She is a member of the internationalHigh-Level... Read More →

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Hannah Machlin

Advocacy Manager,, Small Media Foundation
Hannah Machlin (she/her) is a human rights campaigner with extensive experience working onprivacy and freedom of expression. She is currently an advocacy manager at Small Media inLondon, where she oversees lobbying on digital rights through UN programmes. She alsocreates bespoke trainings... Read More →
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Michael Kaiyatsa

Executive Director, Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation-Malawi
Michael Kaiyatsa is the Executive Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation(CHRR), a local nongovernmental organisation that focuses on human rights, governance,gender equality and women empowerment. He is also a founding member and interim vicechairperson of the... Read More →
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Dennis Mwafulirwa (he/him)

Programme Officer, Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation
Dennis is a Programme Officer at the Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), oneof the leading local human rights non-governmental organizations in Malawi. Dennis’ workrevolves around human rights and governance, and is currently the focal person for digitalrights and... Read More →

Tuesday July 19, 2022 9:00am - 10:30am CAT
Main Foyer Board Room*