Sudan: WHRD Wini Omer may face death sentence

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Statement launched by the Regional Coalition of Women Human Rights Defenders in the Middle East and North Africa. Find original post here. Journalist and WHRD Wini Omer could face the death penalty after allegations including prostitution and espionage…. Read More

An Open Letter Regarding Human Rights Violations against WHRDs MENA


(As shared by WHRDMENA) An Open Letter from Feminist & Human Rights Organizations and Human Rights Defenders Regarding Human Rights Violations against Women in The Arab World and Greater Morocco. Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders, Special Rapporteur… Read More


Marielle Franco in Rio de Janeiro. © Mídia Ninja

Photo credit: © Mídia Ninja The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) condemns the killing of women human rights defender Marielle Franco by unknown assailants the night of March 14 while in her car in the Estácio… Read More

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


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


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


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

Bahrain: Ghada Jamsheer arrested


Baharain: Ghada Jamsheer arrested, and “illegal gathering” charges made against Maytham Al-Salman and Dr Taha Al-Derazi, who remains in detention. More prominent human rights defenders have been interrogated, charged and jailed in Bahrain in violation of their rights… Read More

A letter to Chief Justice of Kenya to End Police and Judicial Harassment of Ruth Mumbi and Bunge la Wamama


This letter is directed to Dr. Willy Mutunga, Chief Justice of Kenya and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya to demand an end to Police and Judicial Harassment of Ruth Mumbi and Bunge la Wamama following their… Read More

Remembering Sunila Abeysekera (1952–2013)

Sunila Abeysekera

Is it really a whole year since we lost Sunila Abeysekera? She remains such a strong presence in the global feminist movements, a shining light and inspiration for all of us. Feminist activist, women’s rights and human rights… Read More

Meet a defender: Dr Isatou Touray

Dr Isatou Touray

WHRDIC supports many women human rights defenders who fight for women’s and girls’ sexual and reproductive rights, including the right to be free from female genital mutilation.