Speak Truth to Power brings human rights education to life in the classroom with engaging, standards-aligned, digital resources that fit easily into your existing lesson plans. A virtual field trip, interactive defenders map, individual defender videos and biographies and thought-provoking classroom activities further exploration and discussion in order to inspire young people to take action and become defenders in their own communities.
An inspiring step-by-step guide students can follow to take on the causes important to them and become part of the next generation of defenders.
An interactive defenders map allows students to explore universal human rights issues through the experiences of defenders around the globe.
Join a unique conversation between established and rising human rights defenders on how to start your own activism.
Video Vignettes and Classroom Activities
Watch the stories and hear the voices of human rights defenders in their own words.
Sonita Alizadeh is an Afghan rapper whose family tried to sell her into marriage when she was 10 and again at 16. After escaping to the U.S., she continues to use her music and her story to speak out for girls’ rights and bring about global awareness of child marriage as a human rights violation.
Special thanks to UNICEF USA for event footage.
Marian Wright Edelman
Marian Wright Edelman has dedicated her life fighting to protect children from abuse, neglect, poverty and homelessness and to ensure children have access to quality education. She founded the Children’s Defense Fund in 1973 and she continues to be a leading voice in civil rights activism.
Ka Hsaw Wa
Ka Hsaw Wa is a Burmese human rights activist and co-founder of Earth Rights International. Despite being captured and tortured, he worked tirelessly to document and expose human rights abuses by the oil company, Unocal, holding them accountable for their actions against the Burmese people.