PREPARED BY IFEX SECTION EDITORS
INTRODUCTION TO IFEX
WHO WE ARE
As violations of the right to free expression continue, so do the efforts of members of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange network (IFEX), a strong global opposition to forces challenging this right.
IFEX was created in 1992 in Montréal, Canada when a dozen leading free expression organisations came together to create a coordinated mechanism to rapidly expose free expression violations around the world. Today, IFEX connects more than 100 independent organisations worldwide and is internationally recognised as a highly credible and effective global network. IFEX is in a position to bring real change to a global situation where more than half of the world's nations violate the principles of Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The IFEX Secretariat, based in Toronto, Canada, runs the day-to-day operations of the network.
WHAT WE DO
1. Circulate information to raise awareness
The Information and Audience Engagement team amplifies the reach and impact of IFEX member voices and creates original, engaging material to foster a broader and deeper understanding of the right to freedom of expression and information.
2. Facilitate campaigns and advocacy
The Campaigns and Advocacy team develops network-wide campaigns and strategies that support and build on the actions of individual IFEX members and regional networks, seizing opportunities where we can have the most collective and measurable impact – including IFEX's flagship campaign to end impunity.
3. Building the capacity of free expression organisations and the IFEX network
The Member and Network Development team supports the strengthening of IFEX members, regional networks, and the IFEX network as a whole. This is accomplished through direct support to members, convening skills exchanges and learning opportunities, self-serve organisational strengthening resources, and peer networking, as well as through meetings of regional networks and the biannual IFEX Strategy Conference.
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