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They Said "No" - Project

Published: 01.07.2014, Updated: 05.03.2017
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Some people have changed the world by standing up for human rights and challenging restrictions on freedom of expression. On our website you will find information about some of the courageous persons that have had an impact on the development of human rights. The means have varied from civil disobedience, political and social activism, blogging, protecting victims, whistleblowing, demonstrations, artistic work to journalism, but the goal has been the same - to fight for what they believe is a better world.

Work on a project based on the accomplishments of one or more of the persons suggested (or do you have favorites of your own?) and/or contrast and compare the ways they have accomplished what they did.



Competence Aims

You should be able to elaborate on a topic that is curricular in this Social Studies English course:

  • presentere et større fordypningsarbeid med emne fra samfunnsfaglig engelsk og vurdere prosessen

(From the Teaching Plan in Social Studies English)

By choosing a wide approach to your project you should include other competence aims as well.

Suggested Persons

Check the links provided and look up information on the web. Following the pictures you will find a list of suggested topics.


Pussy Riot
Edward Snowden

MalalaMalala Yousafzai winner of the Sakharov prize 2013

Malala - Biography  

Pussy RiotFeminist Punk Rock Protest Group

News Article on Pussy Riot (in Norwegian) 


Erin Gruwell
Nelson Mandela
Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Karman

Freedom WritersFrom the film about Freedom Writers

Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers  

Nelson Mandela. Photo. President in South Africa  A Great Man Has Passed Into History   

Nobel Peace PrizeNobel Peace Prize winners pose with their awards

Find information about Tawakkol Abdel-Salam Karman on 

The Right to Decide   


Waris Dierie
Paul Rusesabagina

Desert FlowerFrom the movie "Desert Flower" Information about the film on
Film Recommendations  

Paul RusesabaginaPaul Rusesabagina and "Hotel Rwanda" Information about the film on
Film Recommendations  



Rosa Parks
Martin Luther King
Mahatma Gandhi

March on WashingtonCivil Rights Leader Rosa Parks  

Rosa Parks - a Voice Heard  

Martin Luther KingNobel Prize Winner and Civil Rights Leader M.L.K - a short biography   

GandhiFather of the Indian Independence Movement Gandhi biography   


Allen Ginsberg
Joe Hill
Emmeline Pankhurst

Allen GinsbergBeat Generation Poet

Allen Ginsberg and "Howl"  

Joe HillFighter for Worker's Rights  Joe Hill - An American Icon   

Emmeline PankhurstSuffragetteInformation about Emmeline Pankhurst and the Suffrage movement here 


Abraham Lincoln
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Charles Dickens

Abraham Lincoln. Photo.America's 16th president 

Lincoln - An Icon   

Uncle Tom's CabinUncle Tom's Cabin Find information about the novel Resources about slavery



Suggested Topics

  • Civil disobedience
  • Human rights
  • Democracy
  • Freedom of speech
  • The pen as a sword
  • Freedom fighters and cultural diversity
  • Discussion of this statement: Their greatness is just as much the result of how they won as the fact that they succeeded in achieving their goals
  • Compare and contrast accomplishments and the means they used to succeed
  • Personal sacrifices it would take to make an impact on society