About the Activist in Residence Program
The Activist in Residence program (AiR) is an initiative to host a human rights activist in the Department of Law and Legal Studies each year. Building on our successful participation in the Scholars at Risk program, the Department determined that it would like to explore ways to provide a home base for human rights activists, particularly at-risk human rights activists, within university departments.
The AiR program is designed to recognize the important role activists play in advancing the goals of protecting and fostering human rights. The program provides an intellectual home for a human rights activist, while also providing our students and faculty members the opportunity to learn from someone with on the ground experience fighting to protect human rights.
AiR participants teach one course each year and are invited to further share their knowledge and experience through guest lectures, other speaking engagements and special initiatives. In addition to teaching a fourth year seminar in Patriarchy, Human Rights and Informal Justice, our inaugural Activist in Residence, Rehana Hashmi, is producing a series of video interviews with human rights activists from around the globe.
The Department will launch a series of AIR Program initiatives in Summer and Fall 2021.
Meet our Activist in Residence
Rehana Hashmi is a human rights defender and activist whose over 30 years of advocacy focuses on protecting women and minorities in Pakistan, her home country, from which she now lives in exile.
In 2019, Hashmi was appointed as the inaugural Activist in Residence (AIR) in the Department of Law and Legal Studies at Carleton University—a position that is the first of its kind in Canada.
Interviews with Human Rights Activists
In our interview series, Rehana Hashmi interviews human rights activists from around the world to hear about their life, activist work and the strategies activists employ in pursuit of defending human rights.
Introducing Rehana Hashmi, Activist in Residence
As part of the AiR Program, the Department’s inaugural Activist in Residence, Rehana Hashmi, will be interviewing human right activists from around the world to learn more about their life, activist work and the strategies activists employ in pursuit of defending human rights. However, for the first interview in this series we focus on the life and work of Rehana Hashmi. Hashmi is a human rights defender and activist whose over 30 years of advocacy focuses on protecting women and minorities in Pakistan, her home country.
Activist in Residence Interview: Professor Chinnaiah Jangam
Hear Professor Jangam speak about the historical oppression of Dalit people in India, his activist journey, the rise of far-right Hindu nationalism, and how activists can unite to oppose oppression and violence in India and beyond. Professor Jangam is an Associate Professor in the Department of History, Carleton University.
Learn more about Professor Chinnaiah Jangam.
Activist in Residence Interview: Ketty Nivyabandi
Hear Ketty Nivyabandi speak about her experiences mobilizing a group of women for peaceful protests in response to the 2015 Burundi constitutional crisis, the consequences of state repression and exile, the role of women’s liberation in countering oppression, and the importance of human rights activism.
Ketty Nivyabandi joined Amnesty International Canada (English Section) as Secretary General in October 2020. She is the primary spokesperson for the Branch and holds responsibility for the development and delivery of Amnesty International’s human rights work in Canada. A global human rights activist and advocate, Ketty holds in-depth and lived expertise on refugee issues and the intersections of gender, race, democracy, and human rights. Prior to seeking asylum in Canada in 2015, she faced police violence as a leading organizer of women’s peaceful protests for democratic change in her country, Burundi.
In her previous roles, Ketty has led research and advocacy to support global women peace activists in several conflict and post conflict countries, including Syria, Yemen, South Sudan, Myanmar and Guatemala. As a communications strategist, she has extensive experience working with activists to amplify their voices through international media and shape public policy. Her work is rooted in peoplepower, public accountability, and a feminist, decolonial approach to human rights.
Ketty studied International Relations, is a former journalist and a published poet.
Activist in Residence News
Monday, June 28, 2021
An Interview with Poet and Human Rights Defender Ketty Nivyabandi
As part of the Activist in Residence Interview Series, The Department of Law and Legal Studies' Activist in Residence, Rehana Hashmi, and Feminist Advocate and Educator Donna Johnson, interviewed poet and human rights defender Ketty Nivyabandi to learn more about her activist journey. About Ketty Nivyabandi Ketty joined Amnesty International...
Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Introducing the Activist in Residence Program
The Department of Law and Legal Studies is proud to announce the launch of the Activist in Residence (Air) Program. The AiR Program is an initiative to host a human rights activist in the Department of Law and Legal Studies each year. The AiR Program is designed to recognize the important role activists play...