Global Leaders of Digital Human Rights: Marianne Díaz Hernández recognized as international changemaker

Access Now is proud of Marianne Díaz Hernández, #WhyID Campaigner at Access Now, and her global recognition as one of Ouano Foundation’s 2022 Global Leaders of Digital Human Rights.

“At Access Now, we’re well aware of the significance of Marianne Díaz Hernández’s work in fighting for the rights of people and communities impacted by technology and digital agendas, and we are overjoyed to see her tireless efforts acknowledged on a global scale,” said Carolyn Tackett, Campaigns and Rapid Response Director at Access Now. “We look forward to learning more from this gathering of global leaders, including Marianne, Access Now board members Arzu Geybulla and Nanjala Nyabola, and many others who have been at the heart of our movement for a more rights-respecting digital future.”

Among others, Marianne joins global changemakers in the fight for human rights across the globe including Maria Ressa, Founder of Rappler and 2021 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

“It’s a privilege to be included in Ouano Foundation’s impressive list of human rights leaders,” said Marianne Díaz Hernández, #WhyID Campaigner at Access Now. “From Myanmar to Azerbaijan, the effect their passion, skill, and determination has on the lives of millions is unparalleled. Congratulations to all.”

Marianne leads Access Now’s #WhyID campaign which shines a light on the dangerous repercussions ill-conceived, badly designed, and poorly implemented digital identity systems have on people across the globe, and fights for safer, more inclusive, and human rights-centered approaches. Holding global decision makers to account, Marianne recently spearheaded a call to the World Bank and other international organizations to immediately stop any and all activities that promote harmful models of digital identification systems (digital ID) anywhere in the world. 

Ouano Foundation is a new philanthropic entity by and for women of the global majority, and launched today, September 12,  with the announcement of the twenty Global Leaders of Digital Human Rights collaborating to achieve the goal of a new Universal Declaration of Digital Human Rights.