Work against discrimination and marginalisation of vulnerable individuals and groups is at the core of the NHRF’s mandate and overall objective. 

The NHRF gives priority to projects where vulnerable or marginalised groups themselves mobilise and take the lead in the struggle for their own rights. In many contexts, these groups are subject to multiple forms of discrimination where both social and economic factors come into play. These factors relate to issues such as gender, work, income and descent, among others.

Challenging the status quo and existing social, political and economic hierarchies in order to create changes requires perseverance, courage and long-term engagement. Through almost three decades of providing support in this field, the NHRF recognises that changes are possible and that local human rights defenders can make a real difference. Through this kind of support, marginalised individuals and groups are given a stronger voice to claim the rights to which they are entitled.