Canceling Saudi propaganda in NYC: Freedom Forward successfully terminated the United Nations’ and New York Public Library’s co-sponsorship of a Saudi propaganda event in New York during the September UN General Assembly. The campaign was covered in The Guardian, PRI’s The World, Al Jazeera, Gothamist, Middle East Eye, and Inter Press Service. Many organizations and activists helped make this campaign successful.
Challenging the Saudi / UNESCO partnership: Freedom Forward built global pressure to challenge UNESCO’s partnership with the Saudi Arabian Crown Prince’s MiSK foundation. The campaign was covered in international media, including Radio France Internationale, Le Monde (France), Le Figaro(France), The Telegraph (UK), ABC (Spain), Le Soir (Belgium), and The New Arab.
Ending Bloomberg’s Saudi Sponsorship: In 2019, Mike Bloomberg’s annual Global Business Forum in New York City was sponsored by the Saudi dictator’s MiSK foundation. Freedom Forward online activists took over the event’s Twitter hashtag (#BloombergGBF) and drove a steady drumbeat of criticism. One month later, Bloomberg announced that their reporters would no longer participate as panel moderators in Saudi Arabia’s “Davos in the Desert.”
Challenging “Women 20” Silence on Saudi Human Rights Violations: Freedom Forward, CIP, and nearly 30 organizations are urging W20 “Women 20” delegates to end their silence on Saudi Arabia’s violations of women’s rights and its war in Yemen. Saudi Arabia will host the G20 summit in November 2020, and W20 delegates advise the G20 summit on gender equality policies. One W20 delegate, Lyric Thompson of the International Center for Research on Women, has already dropped out of this year’s W20 convening in Saudi Arabia as a result.
Campaign Growth: Over 175,000 people are now participating in Freedom Forward’s online campaigns. 13,000 people have called on USAID to restore humanitarian aid to Yemen’s civilians. 16,000 people have called on Israel to stop blocking Palestinian access to health care in the face of Coronavirus. Over 160,000 people have demanded that the Trump Administration and Congress restore funding to the World Health Organization.