Aishath Shifana

Director of Advocacy Department at Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM)

Active in Country: Maldives

DTP Trainer and Alumna: 2016 Migrant Workers Program – Qatar and 2014 Migrant Workers Program – Kuwait as a participant

 

The training programs organised by DTP on human rights advocacy have been useful and contributed to my work as a human rights advocate.

Shifana is the Director of Advocacy Department at the Human Rights Commission of the Maldives (HRCM). She works with people from all sectors including the general public, state officials, school communities and NGOs/CSO’s on a range of issues; including women’s rights and gender equality, business and human rights, migrant worker’s rights, and children’s rights.

At HRCM, the advocacy and educational programs are targeted to young children and youth focusing on creating awareness of their rights, and imparting knowledge and skills required to stand up for the rights of others. Through collaborations with the Ministry of Education, the Commission has successfully incorporated human rights into the national curriculum. 

For the protection of the rights of migrant workers, the HRCM has prepared materials - ‘know your rights’ in 5 different languages for dissemination amongst migrant workers in the Maldives. An information card for migrant workers, to be handed on arrival, is being prepared by the Commission

Empowering young people is very crucial in building a society that respects human rights

From 2016, the HRCM is also working on the ‘business and human rights strategy’ and so far, five companies have signed the business and human rights pledge. Shifana believes that more companies will be signing the pledge in 2017. As part of the strategy, HRCM organised awareness sessions for the top-level management of the organisations party to the pledge. 

Shifana participated in DTP’s migrant workers programs in 2014 and 2016. She came back as a trainer and shared her experience, knowledge and skills to the participants of the migrant workers program in Bangladesh in 2016.

I value the platform created by DTP programs to network and create collaborations with other advocates and professionals working on human rights.

 Shifana reflects that the DTP programs has had positive changes in her line of work. She reflects on the benefits of the DTP programs, and the network she has established with other human rights advocates, which have contributed immensely in her career.

I am in touch with the trainers and alumni of DTP training programs. The network and connections has helped me to learn from their ideas and their success stories while we plan our own advocacy and education programs.

 

 

Profile written April 2017