Women Human Rights Defenders confronting extractive industries – report

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AWID and WHRDIC launch:  Women Human Rights Defenders confronting extractive industries- an Overview of Critical Risks and Human Rights Obligations The research, based on consultations with women from Africa, Asia and Latin America, reveals clear gender-specific patterns of… Read More

WHRDs condemn online threats against Bondita Acharya

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As the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC), we are expressing our outrage at the vicious attacks directed against Bondita Acharya, a well-known women’s rights defender from Jorhat, Assam, in northeast India. Bondita Acharya is an activist… Read More

WHRDIC and Amnesty International Statement at CSW61 2017

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WHRDIC and Amnesty International statement read at CSW61 by Maryam al-Khawaja Your Excellencies, Amnesty International is making this statement on behalf of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, which is a resource and advocacy network of 37 women’s… Read More

Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) stands in solidarity with Lawyers Collective and calls for an immediate end to government crackdown on civil society in India

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We, the undersigned organizations, express solidarity with the Lawyers Collective, and strongly condemn the permanent cancellation of the license of the Lawyers’ Collective by means of the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act (FCRA, 2010) by the Ministry of Home… Read More

Hunting out Feminists in Egypt – Azza Soliman and Mozn Hassan Embody the State’s Refusal of Feminist Activism in both Private and Public Spheres

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#CloseCase173 #NGOsNotCriminals #WHRDsResist #SheDefends *** For updates on the hearing on 11th January 2017, please follow @whrdmena @CewlaCenter @NazraEgypt @brandt_sara @FrontlineHRD @CIVICUSalliance *** Hunting out Feminists in Egypt: Azza Soliman and Mozn Hassan Embody the State’s Refusal of Feminist Activism in… Read More

Egypt: Stop Harassment of Women Human Rights Defenders and Drop Politically-Motivated Case 173

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The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition is extremely concerned about the escalation of crackdown on Egyptian Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) and NGOs. The Egyptian government has been using a politically motivated case, 173 of the year… Read More

The Status of Women Human Rights Defenders in Syria

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This research paper from the WHRD MENA Coalition aims to highlight the situation of WHRDs in Syria. The paper will briefly look into the changing situation of WHRDs before the conflict and analyze the variety of issues they… Read More

Defending the territory, defending life: Women human rights defenders resist extractivism in Latin America

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By Laura Carvajal, Urgent Action Fund – Latin America Throughout Latin America, women defenders of nature and the environment have organized themselves in diverse and creative ways to resist a hostile context of aggression and to transform an unsustainable… Read More

Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD-IC) Statement on International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, 29 November 2016

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Today we celebrate International Women Human Rights Defenders Day. Women human rights defenders (WHRDs) are women who defend human rights, and all persons who defend the rights of women and girls and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual,… Read More

Bahrain: Human rights defender Ghada Jamsheer remains in jail despite poor health

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Women’s rights defender, writer and blogger Ghada Jamsheer remains in jail in Bahrain serving a combined ten-month sentence for exercising her right to free expression on Twitter. On 7 November 2016, Jamsheer appeared before Judge Mohamed Al-Khalifa of… Read More