El Nadeem Center for the Rehabilitation for Victims of Violence and Torture is a prominent human rights organization which, since 1993, is providing support to torture victims and families of those who were subject to enforced disappearances in… Read More


On 29 January, the Chinese government targeted for closure a renowned women’s legal aid center in Beijing. Not only does this action undermine the government’s own efforts to advance women’s rights and gender equality, it runs in direct… Read More

WHRDIC condemns the murder of Sabeen Mahmud

Sabeen Mahmud

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition is appalled and deeply saddened at the news of the murder of Sabeen Mahmud, Pakistani woman human rights defender. On Friday 24 April in Karachi, Sabeen Mahmud was shot by unidentified… Read More

The Five are Free

Five are Free

On the evening of 13 April 2015, five women’s rights activists, detained in China for over a month, were conditionally released. Here’s the statement from WHRDIC member Frontline Defenders: The women’s rights activists, Ms Wu Rongrong, Ms Li… Read More

WHRDIC urges Egyptian authorities to drop charges against Azza Soliman

Drop charges against Azza Soliman

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition is alarmed that the Prosecutor General at the Qasr El Nile Prosecution Office in Cairo has rejected appeals for lawyer and woman human rights defender Azza Soliman to be listed as… Read More

WHRDIC urges Chinese authorities to release five young feminists

Free the five

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRDIC) calls on Wang Xiaohong, the Director of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, Chairman Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang to immediately and unconditionally ensure the release the five young… Read More

Stop defamation against the WHRDs of CEDEHM in Mexico

THE Women Human Rights Defender International Coalition (WHRDIC) has serious concerns about the situation of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) Luz Estela Castro, Director of the Women’s Human Rights Center (CEDEHM) and Irma Villanueva, Director of the Legal… Read More

Put protection of women human rights defenders into practice


(New York, 9 March 2015) International Women’s Day was marked today by two United Nations events in New York and Geneva highlighting the ongoing threats, risks and attacks against women human rights defenders, despite the existing State obligations… 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

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