The Young African Defenders in Action (YADA Network) is a pan-African youth network established in 20 countries

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The YADA Network is a pan-African youth network that was created in 2021 by the AHRN Foundation. The network was launched during a workshop in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which brought together human rights defenders from 13 African countries. The YADA Network aims to:

  • Connect young human rights defenders across Africa
  • Promoting the sharing of experiences between HRDs
  • Capacity-building for young human rights defenders on a range of issues
  • Raising awareness among young activists about non-violence in their advocacy

The YADA Network brings together advocates working in four main sectors and organizes activities according to their area of intervention.

  • YADA Environment (Land Rights & Climate Justice)
  • YADA Feminists
  • YADA Journalists
  • YADA Human Rights (in general)

We commit ourselves to defend Human Rights individually and/or collectively, by joining together within YADA, in order to promote and fight for the protection and respect of Human Rights and fundamental freedoms in Africa.

Membership of the YADA network is open to any natural or legal person (organisation) who accepts the statutes, the programme of action, the rules of procedure (values and code of conduct), and provides evidence of their capacity and ability to belong to such an organisation.

The act of membership is individual. It is pronounced by the coodinating body after examining a motivated application for membership submitted by the person. Refusal of membership must be justified in accordance with the membership criteria and may be appealed to the General Assembly, which shall take the final decision.