The Advocacy division of the centre is mandated to advance the awareness of human rights and their interrelated responsibilities in the UFS and surrounding communities. This mandate is aligned with the task of creating and enshrining a human rights-orientated culture at the UFS in its various sectors and actions.


The mission of the Advocacy division will be to advocate for the advancement and promotion of human rights institutionally, nationally, and internationally.


The objectives of the division are as follows:

  1. To foster and promote a culture of human rights education and advocacy through praxis and through formal and informal education.


  2. Entrench and develop human rights cultures institutionally and engage various communities in the promotion and protection of human rights.


Volunteer programme

All UFS students and staff members, as well as members of the community, are invited to assist the FSCHR in community-based projects. NGOs and human rights organisations within the community are welcome to contact the centre to establish collaborations and partnerships.

Human rights ambassadors

Under this project, each UFS residence has a designated ambassador with the dual role of monitoring respect for and promoting a human rights culture within their respective residences.


Public lectures / workshops / seminars / conferences

Various guest speakers and experts in the field of human rights are invited to address interested participants on a variety of topics within the human rights field.

Campaigns and awareness activities

Through the student assistants employed by the centre and our volunteers, the Advocacy division hosts a number of human rights awareness activities throughout the year within the UFS and/or the surrounding community.

Collaborations and partnerships

The FSCHR works in strong partnership with the provincial office of the South African Human Rights Commission. All interested local and national NGOs and human rights organisations are welcome to contact the centre to build partnerships and collaborate on mutually beneficial projects.

Human rights-related queries and assistance

Assistance is also provided to any student, staff member, or member of the public who contacts the centre with human rights-related queries. This can either take the form of direct assistance through, for example, legal support or referral to the appropriate UFS department or external organisation.


Ms Annelie de Man

T: +27 51 401 7216


Mrs Sophie Maasdorp
T: + 27 51 401 2451
F: + 27 51 401 3043


Equitas Building
UFS Bloemfontein Campus

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