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

WHRDIC is in solidarity with resilient women in Turkey

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We, the undersigned organisations, recognise that the Turkish government has the right and responsibility to investigate the violent events of the July 2016 coup attempt and to bring all those responsible to justice. We also recognise that the… Read More

Launching Statement of #SheDefends Campaign

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The WHRD coalition in MENA launches the #SheDefends campaign at a time when darkness is falling in the region. We are experiencing an upsurge of violence against women, specifically, against those who are working in the public space,… Read More

Visionary, Defiant and Resilient: Bahrain’s Dissenting Women

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This article appeared in the Huffington Post written by Semanur Karaman. We re-post it here. The Gulf State of Bahrain is known for its extravagance. Gloating over multi-million dollar investments in tourism, sports and banking, the kingdom does… Read More

Mozn Hassan and Nazra for Feminist Studies receive the “Right Livelihood” Award

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The “Right Livelihood” Award, known as the Alternative Nobel prize was awarded to Nazra for Feminist Studies. Feminist activist and woman human rights defender Mozn Hassan and Nazra received this award for the work they conducted on several issues… Read More

Stop persecuting women’s rights defenders in Bahrain!

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Please sign this petition directed to Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al-Khalifa, His Majesty the King, Manama, Bahrain.  It asks to free prominent women’s rights defender Ghada Jamsheer, and allow other rights defenders to travel freely, including to the… Read More

Support Mozn Hassan! Sign the petition. Watch the documentary

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Mozn Hassan, Forunder and Executive Director of Nazra for Feminist Studies, is persecuted and  under a travel ban in Egypt due to her women’s rights activism.  This documentary is prepared by Mozn’s friends, who acknowledge and celebrate her meaningful… Read More