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At Third-way, we take a far broader approach to human rights than the extremely myopic one that currently prevails in the international community. Instead of prioritizing the civil and political rights of the first generation and subordinating the remainder, we believe that a holistic approach is appropriate.
We envision a society that promotes and realizes indivisible human rights, one that is aid-free (less dependence) and where local communities take responsibility for their own development.
Our Motivation and Guiding principle
Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted; the indifference of those who should have known better; the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most; that has made it possible for evil to triumph.’- Emperor Haile Selassie of Ethiopia
Guiding Principle: Beyond The Talking Shop- It Is Time To Act
When there is a Problem, you Look at Where it Started not Where it Ended and like the saying goes Prevention Is Better Than Cure
Thirdway is an international volunteer-driven organisation that is committed to the universality and indivisibility of human rights. It strives to satisfy those rights through active, hands-on programs. With a focus on Africa, particularly Ghana, we develop projects that promote self-sustainability in education, micro-credit and human rights competency. We employ highly interactive programs requiring strong commitment at the local level to create foundations that facilitate movement beyond dependence on perpetual aid. As with many other human rights groups, our actions are based upon two firm beliefs: that all people, simply by virtue of our common humanity, have certain fundamental rights, which are indivisible and universal; and, that the totality of all human rights are closely intertwined with efforts at development and the creation of open societies. Therefore, our work revolves around the idea that the realization of civil and political rights cannot occur so long as social and economic rights are not both recognized and protected. The mother of a family may have the right to freely cast her ballot in fair elections and participate in government, but she can’t fully exercise that right if she is beset by concerns of how she will afford the school fees for her children’s education or how she will provide tonight’s dinner. Ultimately our goal is to increase independence from the bottom up thus significantly decreasing the need for international aid organizations such as ours.
- Christoph Damalie
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