|KaSaMa underscores human rights support, launches Call for Proposals
KaSaMa, Karapatan sa Malikhaing Paraan (Innovative Rights Initiatives), an inter-embassy and multi-stakeholder human rights initiative, reinforced its commitment to support human rights actions in the country through an intimate gathering with civil society organizations and the media last April 20, 2015 at the Gateway Gallery, Araneta Center, Quezon City.
As of today the KaSaMa partners are the Asia Foundation, the Australian Embassy, Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium, the British Embassy, the Embassy of Canada, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines, New Zealand Embassy, the Royal Norwegian Embassy, the Spanish Embassy, Embassy of Switzerland and the Embassy of the United States.
The event was graced by Chair Etta Rosales of the Commission on Human Rights and Atty. Nasser Marohomsalic, Convenor of the Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy which is a former Awardee of the previous KaSaMa funding call. Bolstering the international community’s dedication in addressing inequalities, promoting peace and inclusive development, the KaSaMa Partners talked to the 100-strong audience of the importance of their involvement to the KaSaMa Initiative while highlighting their own Embassy’s human rights activities in the country. Representing their Embassies were Raoul Imbach (Deputy Head of Mission of the Swiss Embassy), Lubomir Frebort (Counsellor and Head of Political, Press and Information Section of the EU Delegation), Vicente Selles (General Coordinator of the Spanish Cooperation in the Philippines), Rachael Parrish(Human Rights Officer of the US Embassy), Clarise Fogg (Programme Manager - Bilateral Fund; Human Rights & Democracy of the British Embassy), Cristina Garcia (Project Manager of the Spanish Cooperation in the Philippines) with Alyssa Engracia of the UK Embassy and Corinne Duriaux of the Swiss Embassy.
During the activity, the KaSaMa 2015 Call for Proposals was explained and officially opened. Over 400 proposals have been submitted since its launch in 2009 wherein 30 projects have received support. Deadlines for submission is on May 31, 2015.