On the 23rd April, aditus foundation held the successful launch of the ‘Platform of Human Rights Organisations in Malta’ (PHROM).
PHROM is Malta’s first and only platform gathering all local NGO’s which work on human rights issues. PHROM will provide its members with a strong and united voice on areas of concern, creating a meaningful impact on policy and decision-making. At present, PHROM’s Executive Committee consists of five NGO’s, each operating in different areas of human rights protection and promotion. They are aditus foundation, Din l-Art Ħelwa, the Malta Gay Rights Movement (MGRM), the Richmond Foundation and Victim Support Malta.
PHROM is an autonomous, voluntary and not-for-profit platform registered with the Malta Commissioner for Voluntary Organisations. Its mission is to provide a national forum for human rights organisations in Malta to more effectively develop, promote and advocate for the values of human dignity and equality. PHROM will also provide capacity-building, particularly for grassroots and upcoming NGO’s, on the advocacy tools and skills needed to undertake target-oriented human rights activities. As a national focal point for human rights organisations, one of PHROM’s main activities will be the publication of Malta’s first-ever truly comprehensive and inclusive Annual Human Rights Report.
The Executive Committee encourages all NGO’s working in the human rights sector to become PHROM members to strengthen their advocacy efforts, to achieve a unified voice for the advancement of human rights and to raise the awareness, understanding and commitment to human rights in all sectors.
PHROM was made possible through funding from the ‘NGO Fund’, a programme area within the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014. The mechanism aims to contribute to the reduction of economic and social disparities in the European Economic Area (EEA). SOS Malta is the Fund Operator for the NGO programme in Malta.
“The platform has adopted a broad definition of human rights, and means to reach different groups of persons and various thematic areas: LGBTI persons, migrants, the elderly and persons with disabilities, as well as the environment, culture, employment, social protection and education. The platform extends an enthusiastic welcome to new members from the local NGO community that subscribe to the values of human dignity and equality.”
— Dr. Neil Falzon, Director, aditus foundation