In the previous link, you will find out what this organization does for human rights! I am glad to see them on the human rights venue!!! I quote the site"
"The principles of human rights address the global struggles for equity, liberty, and justice. Pursuing their application is often a harrowing, even, daring feat on the part of human rights defenders. Dedicated to tackling the root causes for injustice, many of these individuals have witnessed violations first hand. Ashoka supports their innovative ideas for securing human rights for all peoples around the globe.
Ashoka Fellows are pursuing initiatives that secure both civil and political rights—freedom of expression, due process, political representation—and economic, social, and cultural rights—health, food, housing, employment."
This sounds like an excellent mandate to me. As you know I an advocating for the same things as they are! This is practically the definition found in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights drafted in 1948 word for word nearly!
Of course we need to know more about this organization before we go to the bank per say right? So lets investigate a bit more: Sp you can link here:
- Founded in 1980 by Bill Drayton in Washington, DC
- Named, created and pioneered the global field of social entrepreneurship
- Elected the first Ashoka Fellows in India in 1981
- Started with an annual budget of $50,000, grown to nearly $30 million in 2006
- Founded on the premise that the most effective way to promote positive social change is to invest in social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions that are sustainable and replicable, both nationally and globally.
- Ashoka is represented by the oak tree. A strong, sturdy tree, the oak represents the power of Ashoka's commitment and contributions to building the profession of social entrepreneurship. A broad-spreading tree, it is symbolic of those dimensions of Ashoka's programs that select, launch and foster collaborations among social entrepreneurs around the world.
Origin of the Name
- Named to honor Ashoka, the Indian leader who unified the Indian subcontinent in the 3rd century BC, renouncing violence and dedicating his life to social welfare and economic development. For his creativity, global mindedness and tolerance, Ashoka is renowned as the earliest example of a social innovator.
Around the World
- Established programs in over 60 countries and supports the work of over 2000 Fellows
- Employs 160 staff in 25 regional offices throughout Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa
- Registered 501c3 not-for-profit organization in the United States
- Financed by individuals, foundations and business entrepreneurs from around the world. Ashoka does not accept funding from government entities. Individual and institutional endowment funds provide for Ashoka's long-term stability.