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UPDATE REGARDING COVID-19: Please note that the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC) is not a grantmaking program and is unable to assist artists financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, because we recognize the growing effect that the pandemic is having on artists, we have compiled a growing list of resources for artists affected by COVID-19 and hope that you may find assistance there. Please refer to the "Stories" page to find the list. If you are an artist or cultural practitioner otherwise at risk because of your creative practice, please follow the directions below to contact us.

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Operates in Africa

Southern Africa Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN)

  • Services offered
  • Conferences
  • Workshops
  • Awards
  • Temporary Relocation
  • Regional Assistance
  • Advocacy
  • Target demographic
  • People Living in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Human Rights Defenders
Guidelines of assistance

Human rights defenders (HRDs) from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe can request protection by emailing protection@southernafricadefenders.africa


The Southern African Human Rights Defenders Network (SAHRDN) is the regional human rights defenders (HRD) network comprising of representatives from human rights organizations in ten countries in Southern Africa. It was established in February 2013 with the primary mandate to coordinate the protection and security of HRDs in the region and to enhance their ability to work in their particular countries, in the face of state-driven or supported repression.

Last updated Jun 03, 2020
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