This month’s topic for the Global Human Rights Group‘s Monthly Discussion Hour was Healthy Boundaries for Human Rights Defenders and Social Justice Advocates, with special guest expert Randi Buckley.

As human rights defenders and social justice advocates the work of changing the world never stops! And we’re not usually the kind of people who like to say no. But how do we balance this neverending need, and the often difficult discussions regarding sensitive subjects, with a healthy dose of ensuring we are not disempowering others by taking on too much ourselves, or saying yes so many times we end up resentful, drained, and disenchanted?

Cultivating healthy boundaries can not only help us to look after ourselves (essential for keeping motivated when doing human rights work), but also provide us with tools and frameworks for being better at our work.

Watch the video below as Randi and I discuss why healthy boundaries are relevant to our human rights work, the importance of ensuring healthy boundaries when standing up for human rights and advocating for social justice, and some tips for implementing healthy boundaries in your human rights work and life.

Let us know in the comments below: When do you struggle with boundaries in your life and/or human rights and social justice work? What makes implementing healthy boundaries particularly hard for you?