THE HARDWIRED STORY

Advancing Human Rights For All Worldwide

Empowering Leaders to Advance Human Rights for All  

Because everyone deserves the freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief – it’s how we’re hardwired.

In Classrooms

5900+ students respecting the dignity of others

In Communities

439+ leaders united to defend human rights

In Legal Systems

13 countries with new freedom networks established

OUR STORY

Conflict Never Begins With Things We Agree On. 

That’s why we exist. 

Because everyone deserves the universal human right to freedom of thought, conscience, religion or belief – it’s how we’re hardwired.

Hardwired was founded in 2013 to advance legal and social protections for people in countries where this freedom is most at risk.

Sadly, space for freedom of thought and expression is shrinking globally. Today, nearly 90% of people around the world live under severe restrictions to their conscience, belief, and expression. Vulnerable communities are marginalized and erased. Societies are fracturing along lines of disagreement and debate.

We believe diverse opinions and expression can be vibrant points of discussion rather than flash points of conflict. Our education and training programs help indigenous leaders cultivate a culture of freedom in their communities.

We have worked with leaders in more than 30 countries and trained more than 400 leaders to overcome their communities’ deepest differences in pursuit of peace.

Our program’s have established networks of teachers, community leaders, and officials who are advancing human rights for religious and ethnic communities affected by intolerance.

TIMELINE

Making Great Strides for Freedom in the World

SUDAN

2013
Launched the first Legal Training Program in Sudan

2014-15
Replicated the training with hundreds of leaders and challenged laws restricting the rights of women and minorities

2020
Leaders worked with the new government to include protections for the rights of women and minorities in the new Constitution

NEPAL

2014

Expanded the Legal Training Program in Nepal

2016

Members of Nepal’s Parliament adopted legal protections for freedom of conscience in the new Constitution

IRAQ

2015
Expanded the Legal Training
Program in Iraq

2015
Leaders successfully challenged a new national identity card law that would have denied children the right to freedom of conscience

2016
Leaders began working in refugee camps to teach children and their families about the rights of all ethnic and religious groups

2019
Officials in Mosul and the Nineveh Plains invited Hardwired to expand educational programs to help children affected by ISIS reintegrate in their classrooms and communities

MIDDLE EAST

2015
Launched the first Educational Training
Program in the Middle East

2017
Expanded program in Morocco, Lebanon and Iraq

2018
Program reached 56 schools and 1,200
schoolchildren, providing the first groundbreaking evidence of how children can overcome trauma, become resilient against extremism, and build respect for girls and minority groups

2020
Expanded Teacher Training programs in Kosovo and Jordan and highlighted impact at a Global Roundtable in partnership with the Kingdom of Morocco

NIGERIA

2017
Expanded the Legal Training Program in Nigeria

2020
Launched the first Muslim-Christian legal teams in northern states to fight back against the culture of impunity, violence and discrimination

SOUTH SUDAN

2019
Launched the Rule of Law and Civic Education Training Program in South Sudan

2020
Trained dozens of Members of Parliament and officials from various government ministries

2021
Leaders are using the training to prepare their constituents for national elections and a peaceful transition of power

TARGETING THE ROOT CAUSES OF CONFLICT

Hardwired’s mission began in 2013, empowering leaders to overcome intolerance and injustice to advance human rights for people of all beliefs.

hardwired's first five years of progress

Meet the leaders Hardwired has trained worldwide who are advancing human rights for religious and ethnic communities from Sudan to Iraq.

Freedom is hardwired in you

Hardwired is putting the message of freedom into the hands and hearts of children and communities who need to hear that they are hardwired for freedom.

Partners in promoting Freedom

Hardwired partnered with the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office to promote peaceful coexistence and pluralism in schools across northern Iraq.

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