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Rights for Time 2022 Update

Its been a while since we updated the news section of our website, but we've been very busy over the last six months. Below is a highlight reel of our activities that celebrate our successes from late 2021 and early 2022.

If you'd like to stay abreast about what we're doing week by week you can subscribe to our mailing list here. You can also use the 'view previous campaigns' option at the aforementioned page to real all of our previous weekly emails, for a detailed look at what we've been up to.

Budget Restoration

In late November we were thankful to learn that our promised budget has been restored going forward, and as a result we’ll be able carry out our case studies as originally planned, with the exception of the ongoing pandemic affecting out travel plans. O. While the damages done by the cuts remain, our case study leads are now meeting with each other every month to discuss their plans and progress, and they’re progressing well.

We’d particularly like to highlight the progress of two of our case studies; our Lebanon case study successfully appointed Nanor Karageozain as its Research Fellow, and we’re delighted to begin working with her. Our Jordan case study has completed the majority of its research and its now in its last phase: that of considering and implementing capacity building, so that Rights for Time can fulfil its goal of leaving a beneficial legacy behind after the project wraps up in March 2024.

Advisory Board

A key development for Rights for Time in 2021 was the appointment of our advisory board. Eleven people with a wide variety of experience and expertise agreed to join us to help Rights for Time focuses on its goals and philosophy. In September we convened the first Rights for Time advisory board meeting, where they joined us to listen to presentations about each of our case studies, offering their thoughts, questions and feedback. This was a fantastic opportunity to get the case studies in front of qualified people and consider their achievements and direction. We’re looking forward to our next Advisory board meeting in January. If you’d like to read the biographies for each member of our board, you can do so in this Twitter thread.

Kenyan Film Grant

In November 2021 we were delighted to learn that we’d been successful in our bid for AHRC follow on funds, which we’ll be using to launch a new film project about the Kenya case study. The title of the grant is Visualising Justice on Sexual Violence in Kenya: Stimulating inclusion, Peace and Public Engagement through the Creative Economy, and the team includes Wangu Kanja, the Director of the Wangu Kanja Foundation, Prof John Mugubi who is from Kenyatta University and the Head of Film and Theatre Arts, Prof Heather Flowe, PhD Laura Stevens for impact and Luke Harrison for engagement.

International Network to Develop Peace & Trust Award

At the beginning of 2022 Professors Tamirace Fakhoury and Heather Flowe obtained funding for Rights for Time to develop international networks to address challenges highlighted by the 2021 UN ‘International Year of Peace and Trust’. They will be in touch soon to tell us more about this project and how to get involved. You can read more about the UN International Year of Peace and Trust here, and more about the funding opportunity here.

Jordan Case Study Successful EdJAM Award

In late January we were delighted to learn that our Jordan Case study had successfully applied for funding from the Education Justice and Memory Network (EdJAM). EdJAM is a network of researchers, educators and civil society organisations working in the arts, education and heritage. They are committed to creative ways to teach about the violent past in order to build more just futures.

Kenyan Survivors of Sexual Violence Network paper

Wangu Kanja and the Kenya case study team just published the results of an experiment finding that the methods they use to gather statements and testimony from survivors leads to more accurate remembering over time. This has important implications for case adjudications, which often occur after long delays. See their paper and research brief for further information, and please share with your networks.

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