Good News! Court dismisses baseless charges against Bettina Cruz Velazquez

Bettina Cruz Velázquez

From WHRDIC member ISHR: After four years of a flawed judicial process, ISHR welcomes that the District Court in the State of Oaxaca in Mexico has ruled to acquit Lucila Bettina Cruz Velazquez of charges made against her…. Read More

WHRDIC condemns killing of Shaimaa ElSabbagh

Shaimaa ElSabbagh (AP Photo/Mohammed El-Raaei)

The Women Human Rights Defender International Coalition condemns the killing of prominent woman human rights defender Shaimaa Sabry Ahmed El Sabbagh who was shot in downtown Cairo while participating in a peaceful protest to commemorate the martyrs of… Read More

Good News! Indonesian WHRD Eva Bande released!

Eva Bande

On the eve of International Human Rights Day (Dec.10) and during the global campaign for 16 Days of Activism, newly-elected Indonesian President Jokowi Widodo announced that he would give imprisoned land rights activist, Eva Bande,presidential pardon. Eva, a… Read More

Watch the short documentaries: Women Crossing the Line

Women Crossing the Line Documentaries

The Women Crossing the Line mini-documentary series showcases the stories of brave and resilient WHRD from Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala, developed by the Nobel Women’s Initiative in collaboration with JASS Mesoamérica. Watch the first chapter: Defensoras in Mexico,… Read More

Our right to safety report now in Spanish, French and Arabic

New report: Our Right To Safety

Our Right to Safety: Women Human Rights Defenders’ Holistic Approach to Protection is now available in French, Spanish and Arabic. The report provides a reflection on the complex situations of women defenders who face threats and violations as… Read More

International Day for WHRDs 29 November

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Here’s a snapshot of the situation of WHRDs in Asia in 2014 from Forum Asia.  

Watch the Conversation with Arab WHRDs!

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On Thursday, 20 November at 4 pm GMT leading Arab women human rights defenders Alaa Murabit (Libya), Sally Zohney (Egypt) and Atiaf Al-Wazir (Yemen) spoke at a web forum about the human rights situation in their region. Watch… Read More

Solidarity with WHRDs in the Philippines

WHRDs known in in Hacienda Luisita as the 'Bulldozer Queens' who lay in front of bulldozers to stop the destruction of their crops.

From 16 – 19 October, the Women Human Rights Defender International Coalition participated in an international solidarity mission in two regions of the Philippines to investigate the forced acquisition of farmers’ land and the ongoing impacts on women… Read More

Leyla Yunus nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition announces that Azerbaijani woman human rights defender Leyla Yunus has been nominated for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. This honour comes as Dr Yunus has been unexpectedly transferred to the Detention… Read More

Justice for Bettina Cruz Velázquez

Bettina Cruz Velázquez

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition is calling for justice for Bettina Cruz Velázquez who has been unfairly and severely prosecuted as an act of reprisal for her work as a woman human rights defender. Bettina Cruz… Read More