The coalition also welcomes three new members in 2012:
The Association for Progressive Communications Women's Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP)
www.apc.org www.takebackthetech.net The Association for Progressive Communications Women's Networking Support Programme (APC WNSP) is a programme of the Association for Progressive Communications (APC). APC was founded 21 years ago and has consultative status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). APC is both a network and an organisation whos strategic priorities are informed by our members. Our mission is to empower and support organisations, social movements and individuals in and through the use of information and communication technologies. The WNSP community consists of over 175 women's rights activists from 35 countries working to integrate ICTs in transforming gender and social relations. WNPS's projects focus on the use of ICTs in combating violence against women online and offline. We partner with women human rights defenders to document trends, lobby for internet rights through the Human Rights Commission and international forums and training activists to use the internet securely.
Nazra for Feminist Studies
www.nazra.org/en Nazra for Feminist Studies is a group that aims to build an Egyptian feminist movement, believing that feminism and gender are political and social issues affecting freedom and development in all societies. Nazra aims to mainstream these values in both public and private spheres.
Nazra’s team, which includes both women and men, believes that integrating gender and feminism will be achieved through the efforts of believers in the validity of these values and in the necessity of their implementation in both spheres.
Nazra believes that the youth, in their diversity, struggle to integrate their issues, which include gender-related issues, in their societies. And so Nazra generally works to provide all actors who strive to achieve gender related causes with all forms of support needed; and focuses, specifically, on supporting youth groups who strive to achieve those causes.
Rainbow Rights Project (R-Rights), Inc.
www.rainbowrightsproject.org/ Rainbow Rights Project (R-Rights), Inc. is an LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) legal organization in the Philippines composed of a team of gay and lesbian lawyers and gender activists from diverse fields. It seeks to empower the local LGBT Community by providing them the basic legal knowledge of their rights under the law and familiarizing them with the different legal structures and mechanisms. R-Rights works with the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, government agencies, and non-government organizations, for the inclusion of LGBT issues in their programs and to ensure that the law and its institutions are not used as instruments of oppression and discrimination, or to further reinforce gender-stereotypes. It seeks the elimination of discrimination and violence by utilizing in-depth legal and policy studies, review and analysis, as well as legal reform measures and legislative advocacy, as concrete strategies to promote LGBT rights.
Amnesty International (AI) www.amnesty.org
AI is a worldwide movement of people who campaign for internationally recognised human rights to be respected and protected. It is concerned with the impartial protection of human rights, envisioning a world in which every person enjoys all the human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. On 5 March 2004, it launched the Stop Violence against Women campaign, which focuses on violence against women in the family and in conflict. In partnership with women's organisations and other groups, it seeks to address discrimination as a root cause of violence against women and intends to take action on behalf of particular individuals to stop these violations. Through this campaign, AI has developed and used campaign tools to highlight the profiles and cases of women human rights defenders.
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) www.apwld.org
APWLD is the Asia Pacific’s leading network of feminist organisations and holds consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Our 180 members represent groups of diverse women from 25 countries in the region. For nearly 25 years, APWLD has been empowering women to use law as an instrument of change for equality, justice, peace and development. The network use research, training, advocacy and activism to claim and strengthen women’s human rights as enshrined in UN international human rights instruments. Our diverse membership provides the strength and expertise that both drives and executes our four programme areas, which include Women and Power, Feminist Law and Practice, Breaking out of Marginalisation and Grounding the Global. APWLD provides support for women human rights defenders at risk among its networks members and host the website of the WHRD IC.
Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM ASIA) www.forum-asia.org
FORUM ASIA is a membership-based regional human rights organisation in Asia with 36 member organisations in 14 countries in the region. It strives to empower people by advocating social justice, sustainable human development, participatory democracy, gender equality, peace and human security through collaboration and cooperation among human rights organisations in the region. It has a programme on human’s defenders, which aims to protect human rights activists and practitioners by supporting their work and strengthening both domestic and international human rights protection mechanisms in accordance with established human rights standards and norms. It has integrated women human rights defenders concerns in its training programs, and it organises regional consultations on human rights defenders with the participation of women human rights defenders.
Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) www.awid.org
AWID is an international, multi-generational, feminist, creative, future-oriented membership organization committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development, and women's human rights. A dynamic network of women and men around the world, AWID members are researchers, academics, students, educators, activists, business people, policy-makers, development practitioners, funders, and more. AWID’s mission is to strengthen the voice, impact and influence of women’s rights advocates, organizations and movements internationally to effectively advance the rights of women. AWID believes that women’s rights are not only necessary in and of themselves, but that they are central to ending the challenges the world faces today. AWID works to build a world where women’s rights have been achieved and where all people enjoy their human rights. AWID disseminates news and information on women human rights defenders and supports the development of an urgent appeals monitoring mechanism within the WHRD IC.
BAOBAB for Women’s Human Rights (BAOBAB)
BAOBAB is a not-for-profit, nongovernmental women's human rights organisation, which focuses on women's legal rights issues under the three systems of law - customary, statutory and religious laws - in Nigeria. The organisation operates from a national office in Lagos, with outreach teams in 14 states across Nigeria. BAOBAB's stated mission is "to promote women's human rights principally via improving knowledge, exercise and development of rights under religious laws, customary laws and statutory laws". Baobab works with WLUML to support women human rights defenders, including sexual rights activists working in Muslim contexts.
Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) http://reproductiverights.org
CRR has used the law to advance reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right that all governments are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfil. They are legal innovators seeking to fundamentally transform the landscape of reproductive health and rights worldwide, and have already strengthened laws and policies in more than 50 countries. Since 1992, their attorneys have boldly used legal and human rights tools to create this world. CRR is the only global legal advocacy organization dedicated to reproductive rights, with expertise in both U.S. constitutional and international human rights law. CRR work includes framing violations against advocates of reproductive rights as human rights violations against defenders of women’s rights.
Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) www.cwgl.rutgers.edu
Founded as a project of Douglass College at Rutgers University in 1989, The Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) is part of the Office of International Programs in the School of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the Institute for Women's Leadership (IWL)—a consortium of women's programs at Rutgers University. CWGL develops and facilitates women's leadership for women's human rights and social justice worldwide. It works from a human rights perspective with an emphasis on violence against women, sexual and reproductive health and socio-economic well-being. Since 1990, CWGL has fostered women's leadership in the area of human rights through women's global leadership institutes, strategic planning activities, international mobilization campaigns, UN monitoring, global education endeavors, publications, and a resource center. CWGL has hosted the planning for the International Campaign on Women Human Rights Defenders in 2004, and hosted the Secretariat of the WHRD IC.
Coalition of African Lesbians (CAL) http://www.cal.org.za/
CAL is a network of organisations committed to African lesbian equality and visibility. It works to transform Africa into a place where all lesbians enjoy the full range of human rights, and are recognised as full citizens, with rich and diverse cultures, and a significant and respected presence in all spheres of life, through personal and organisational growth. Our work is shaped by an African radical feminist understanding, informed by research, and strengthened by the claiming of social and economic power. Given the specific and intensified threats faced by lesbian activists, CAL is organising a programme to respond to the needs of lesbian human rights defenders in the region.
Front Line Defenders
Front Line Defenders was founded in Dublin in 2001 with the specific aim of protecting human rights defenders at risk, people who work, non-violently, for any or all of the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Addressing the protection needs identified by defenders themselves, Front Line Defenders seeks to provide rapid and practical support, including through: international advocacy on behalf of defenders at immediate risk; grants to pay for practical security needs; training and resource materials on security and protection, including digital security; and rest and respite. Front Line Defenders operates an emergency 24-hour phone line for human rights defenders in Arabic, English, French, Spanish and Russian. In emergency situations Front Line Defenders can facilitate temporary relocation of human rights defenders. Front Line Defenders also promotes strengthened international and regional measures to protect human rights defenders including through support for the work of the UN Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders. It also hosts the annual Front Line Defenders Award for Human Rights Defenders at Risk and provides opportunities for networking and exchange between human rights defenders through the biennial Dublin Platform.
Human Rights First
Human Rights First is an international human rights organisation based in New York and Washington D.C. It helps promote and protect human rights and the rule of law through the following strategies: advocacy for change at the highest levels of national and international policymaking; seeking justice through the courts; raising awareness and understanding through the media; building coalitions among those with divergent views and mobilising people to act. Human Rights First runs a programme on human rights defenders through which it has established a human rights defender alert network. The network includes urgent appeals for women human rights defenders at risk.
Information Monitor (INFORM)
INFORM is a Sri Lankan human rights organisation with a special focus on monitoring, documentation human rights in the country. It also functions as a library and documentation centre for journalists, students and others seeking information regarding the human rights situation in Sri Lanka. It was the local host of the International Consultation on Women Human Rights Defenders, held in November 2005. INFORM also engages in advocacy for human rights defenders in international fora.
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) www.fidh.org
FIDH was the first international human rights organisation, founded in 1922. It is a non-governmental organisation for the protection of human rights, working now in a context of widespread and oftentimes arbitrary restrictions on freedom. It has an expanding network of local partners and members, and has a human rights defenders project. FIDH enquiries, trial observations and research are designed to help restore victims’ rights to truth, justice and redress. Together with OMCT, it runs the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (see description under OMCT).
International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)
ISHR is an international association that promotes the effective protection of human rights defenders and aims to empower human rights organisations and individuals to access and use human rights mechanisms at regional, national and international levels. It services human rights defenders by providing analytical reports on the UN human rights mechanisms, training on how to use the international norms and procedures, strategic advice for effective lobbying, contributions to human rights standard-setting, practical information and logistical support to enable human rights defenders to take full advantage of international human rights law and procedures. It organises consultations on women human rights defenders in many countries in Latin America, Middle East and Africa and currently engaged with the WHRD IC for the development of a documentation manual on violations against women human rights defenders.
International Women’s Rights Action Watch Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP) www.iwraw-ap.org
IWRAW Asia Pacific was established in 1993, when a group of Asian women, recognising the potential of the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) for implementing the human rights of women, worked to set up an independent human rights organisation in Malaysia. By making the link with activism taking place at the international level, IWRAW Asia Pacific works to promote an effective flow of information on CEDAW between the local and the global levels. This aims to enable women to monitor and facilitate the implementation of the Convention domestically and use it to advance their interests, while contributing to standard-setting at the international level.
Isis International www.isiswomen.org
Isis International is a feminist organisation that works through media and information and communications technologies (ICTs) towards achieving women’s human rights and facilitating networking and information sharing among women’s movements in the Global South. It envisions a world where women's access and ability to participate in media and information communications systems contribute to women's empowerment and development. Isis advocates for the realisation of women's human rights by documenting feminist visions and analyses; creating critical communications and working towards strengthening social movements. Isis International seeks to empower women by providing relevant, timely and critical information; equipping them with skills and knowledge on effective communications and by providing them with a safe space where they are able to find their voice to share their stories. It works with other women's groups and networks through action research, advocacy and media and information work; and capacity building strategies.
ISIS Women’s International Cross-Cultural Exchange (ISIS-WICCE) www.isis.or.ug
ISIS-WICCE is a global action oriented women’s resource centre with the aim of promoting justice and women’s human rights through documentation of women’s realities and sharing of information and ideas to improve women’s status and overcome gender inequality. Since its relocation in Kampala, Uganda, it has focused on building women’s capacity in documentation, peace building and conflict resolution; and the use of information and communication technologies for networking, lobbying and advocacy. Like other women human rights defenders in Africa, it has been the subject of harassment from conservative forces in Uganda for its defense of women human rights. ISIS WICCE works with the WHRD IC in the development of a global situationer on the situation of women human rights defenders.
The Latin American and Caribbean Committee for the Defense of Women’s Rights (CLADEM) www.cladem.org
CLADEM is a network of women’s organisations and individuals united to achieve the effective defense of women’s rights in Latin America and the Carribean. It engages in various activities for the promotion of women’s rights such as: formulating legislative proposals, research, training and informing, communicating and exercising solidarity actions. Like APWLD, it is a regional network that empowers women to use law as a tool for change.
MADRE is an international women’s human rights organization that works in partnership with community-based women's organizations worldwide to address issues of health and reproductive rights, economic development, education and other human rights. They provide resources and training to enable our sister organizations to meet these goals by addressing immediate needs in their communities and developing long-term solutions to the crises they face. MADRE works towards a world in which all people enjoy the fullest range of individual and collective human rights; in which resources are shared equitably and sustainably; in which women participate effectively in all aspects of society; and in which people have a meaningful say in decisions that affect their lives. MADRE provides specific assistance to women human rights defenders from its community partners who are under threat.
Peace Brigades International (PBI) is a non-governmental organisation that has promoted non-violence and protected human rights defenders since 1981. It works at local, regional and international levels to protect human rights defenders and communities whose lives and work are threatened by political violence, amongst them many women human rights defenders. PBI provides physical accompaniment by trained international volunteers and extends support through an international political network to defenders at risk. Its interventions result in protecting political space and providing moral support that enables human rights defenders to continue and expand their work with greater security. For nearly 30 years, PBI has protected the lives of many human rights defenders, demonstrating that international accompaniment can deter violence and create political space for local organisations to work.
Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights (UAF) www.urgentactionfund.org
UAF is an independent organisation with a strategic mandate to protect and promote women’s human rights through rapid response grantmaking. It also engages in collaborative initiatives, research and publications. Grounded in a human rights framework, and focused on women in civil society, UAF supports women human rights defenders responding to conflict and crisis around the world. It offers emergency funding to respond immediately to the needs of women human rights defenders at risk.
Women Living under Muslim Laws (WLUML) www.wluml.org
WLUML is an international solidarity network that provides information, support and a collective space for women whose lives are shaped, conditioned or governed by laws and customs said to derive from Islam. The network demands for women’s equality and their rights, especially in Muslim contexts. It aims to increase the autonomy of women by supporting their local struggles from within Muslim countries and communities; linking them with feminist and progressive groups at large; facilitating interaction, exchanges and contacts; and providing information as well as serving as a channel of communication. WLUML produces analytical pieces on fundamentalisms and runs urgent appeals for women, and women human rights defenders at risk.
Women's Global Network for Reproductive Rights www.wgnrr.org
WGNRR is a southern-based global network that builds and strengthens movements for sexual and reproductive health, rights (SRHR) and justice. It works towards the realization of the full sexual and reproductive health and rights of all people, with a particular focus on the most marginalised. WGNRR major activities including a campaign on Sexual and Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice launched in 2010 and urgent alerts and campaign actions for women human rights defenders who are reproductive health care providers and activists working on issues related to sexual and reproductive rights.
Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice (WIGJ) http://www.iccwomen.org/
WIGJ is an international women’s human rights organization advocating for gender-inclusive justice and working towards an effective and independent International Criminal Court (ICC). They are based in The Hague, the Netherlands, the seat of the ICC, in order to advocate for inclusion of gender based crimes in the investigations and prosecutions of the ICC and to promote the rights of women victims/survivors of armed conflict throughout the justice process including through the Trust Fund for Victims. WIGJ advocates for the use of international treaties, specifically the Rome Statute of the ICC, to advance women’s rights and gender equality domestically.
Women's Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC) www.worecnepal.org
Women's Rehabilitation Centre (WOREC), Nepal works in partnership with grassroots people to campaign for the promotion of human rights and sustainable community development based on social justice. Among its programmes, WOREC runs a campaign on violence against women, which includes women human rights defenders' concerns. WOREC has initiated a National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders in 72 districts in Nepal with the aim of developing the capacity of women human rights defenders at the community level, creating a support system for those at risk, and systematically documenting cases of violence against women human rights defenders in order to advocate with the government for effective legal mechanisms for their security and protection.
World Organisation against Torture (OMCT) www.omct.org
"Created in 1986, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is today the main coalition of international non-governmental organisations fighting against torture, summary executions, enforced disappearances and all other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment with 297 affiliated organisations in its SOS-Torture Network, OMCT is the most important In response to the increasing number of cases on gender-specific forms of violence, OMCT established in 1996 the Violence against Women (VAW) Programme, which addresses and analyses the gender-related causes and consequences of torture and other forms of violence against women. The OMCT VAW Programme issues urgent appeals concerning gender-based violence; submits alternative country reports on violence against women to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women; and mainstreams a gender perspective into the work of the UN treaty monitoring bodies.
Together with FIDH, it runs The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, which operates, among others, a mechanism of systematic alert of the international community on cases of harassment and repression of human rights defenders, particularly when they require urgent intervention; the observation of judicial proceedings, and whenever necessary, direct legal assistance; international missions of investigation and solidarity; a concrete material assistance aiming at ensuring the security of defenders victims of serious violations of their rights; sustained action with the United Nations in particular with the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, as well as sustained lobbying with various regional and international intergovernmental institutions.