Sparks of Hope

#WalkTogether is building a bright web of hope made up of stories of Sparks of Hope. These are communities building a movement for the freedoms we value - and which Mandela dedicated his life to the achievement of.

Assisting isolated indigenous women to access justice and improve their lives

Over 40% of the population of Guatemala are indigenous peoples, of which 75% are living in poverty. Indigenous peoples in Guatemala were repressed for centuries following Spanish colonisation. During the ...

Justice for people living in one of the most polluted places on earth

In July 2004 a group of residents living in “Villa Inflamable”, one of the worst-polluted informal settlements in the Matanza-Riachuelo river basin in the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina, filed ...

The movement protecting indigenous lands from destructive dams

The Amazon holds the largest volume of water of any river in the world. Spanning the width of Brazil, and with tributaries in Peru, Bolivia, Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador, it ...

Without an ID, accessing justice is impossible

An estimated 1.1 billion people around the world are prevented from accessing legal and social protections because they lack a secure legal identity. People without a secure legal identity are ...

Defending the coastal environment from extractive industries

The region of Maule, Chile is a place of incomparable natural beauty. Near the town of Putú are breath taking sand dunes and wetlands, natural spaces that are attractive to ...

The phone-based service enabling citizens to monitor state violence and access justice

At least 4,224 people were killed by police officers in Brazil in 2016. While some police killings result from legitimate use of force, others are extrajudicial executions. The numbers are ...

Defending workers’ rights in the palm oil industry

Palm oil is everywhere – in our foods, cosmetics, cleaning products and fuels. Its low market price and useful properties in food processing means the food industry now uses it ...

Taking on India’s domestic violence epidemic

While India is making strides towards gender equality in many areas, it has yet to shake the harsh reality that it is the most dangerous place on earth to be ...

The women bringing justice to victims of domestic violence in Moldova

Domestic and gender-based violence is a deeply rooted problem that exists in every country of the world. In Moldova, approximately 63% of women have suffered from at least one form ...

The power of legal aid to support vulnerable and marginalised workers

Migrant workers represent an extremely vulnerable population group within Israeli society. For those employed in low-paid sectors such as caregiving, housecleaning and agriculture, rights violations are common, including payment below ...