Human Rights in Action began in 2011, inspired by the surge of activism around the International Year of Youth and young people’s role in the Arab Spring. The program is based on the simple yet groundbreaking premise that given the right tools, young people have the capacity to become agents of change.

The Human Rights in Action program is a six-month cycle that will teach you the theory and practice of human rights and empowers you to run a project of your own in your community. First, you’ll spend a week at UN Headquarters in Geneva, learning about the human rights system and project management from our team of experts. Then you’ll develop a real-word project of your own that promotes human rights in your community or country and implement it with technical support from our head office.


Human Rights in Action 2022

When: August 29 to September 2, 2022

Where: UN Headquarters, Geneva

Who: Participants 18-28 years old


Transforming Theory into Practice!

Since 2011, more than 150 young leaders have gone through WFUNA’s human rights training and they’ve reached thousands of beneficiaries through their locally-implemented projects. Human Rights in Action is known for its high-quality intensive training in Geneva, careful participant selection process, and the support provided on the ground by WFUNA’s extensive network of national United Nations Associations. Above all, this program gives you a real opportunity to transform theory into practice by implementing a project of your own using the skills and knowledge you have acquired.



Tackling Burning Human Rights Issues

WFUNA believes in creating an environment for engaging civil society and empowering youth to become leaders. The Human Rights in Action program gives you an opportunity to address a variety of human rights themes and focus on the most pressing issues of the global Human Rights agenda.





Build Your Skills

By the end of the training, you’ll be able to:

  • explain the international human rights system, its instruments and mechanisms
  • identify opportunities for civil society to interact with the UN Human Rights mechanisms
  • understand basic project cycle management skills
  • develop your own human rights awareness raising or education project to be implemented in your community


Apply Now!

Become an agent of change! 

There is a $950 program fee if you apply through your local UNA and a $1,200 program fee if you apply directly.

Follow these steps to apply:

1. Fill out the application form