Women Human Rights Defenders Concept Papers by Nazra for Feminist Studies
The Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) program of Nazra for Feminist Studies is issuing a series of concept papers that aim to introduce the notion of WHRDs: who they are, what they do, and why they should be considered as a distinct group of human rights defenders. The categories of WHRDs analyzed in the concept papers include: vocational women (doctors, nurses, and teachers); students; political candidates; civil society activists; protesters; and workers (industrial and agrarian sectors). The focus on WHRDs dos not aim at setting WHRDs as a separate category, but to highlight the risks and challenges they face because of their gender so as to develop responsive strategies…to continue click here.
The concept papers are available in Arabic from the Nazra for Feminist Studies website, the executive summary is also available in English.
|Announcing the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition’s Global Report on the Situation of Women Human Rights Defenders
Coming at a time when WHRDs have received little attention in the human rights arena, the Global Report on the Situation of WHRDs plays a crucial part in advancing the recognition of WHRDs.
It is intended that the Global Report is primarily an advocacy and capacity building tool, both important measures for WHRDs’ protection and the prevention of further abuses. The Global Report is a contribution to the ongoing documentation of the situation of WHRDs that will enable informed advocacy from the local to regional and international level.
Hard copies are available by email request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
|New Resource! “Ten Insights to Strengthen Responses for Women Human Rights Defenders at Risk”
New Resource! “Ten Insights to Strengthen Responses for Women Human Rights Defenders at Risk”
AWID and the WHRD International Coalition are pleased to launch its new publication: Ten Insights to Strengthen Responses for Women Human Rights Defenders at Risk. Spanish and French versions will also be available soon! The publication can be viewed online or downloaded here. Copies can also be requested from AWID’s Toronto office: email@example.com
Ten Insights to Strengthen Responses for Women Human Rights Defenders at Risk presents key considerations for strengthening responses for WHRDs at risk, by ensuring that they are strategic and properly resourced. The publication reflects on the collaborative experiences of the WHRD International Coalition and our research on existing responses for WHRDs. In 12 concise pages, this publication draws out simple lessons and includes the “Table of Existing Responses” that was developed in the mapping of urgent responses published in June 2011. Ten Insights is an excellent tool for donor education regarding support for WHRDs at risk, and can also inform organizations that are developing new programs to protect WHRDs, or seeking to improve existing responses.
This publication is a companion to Urgent Responses to WHRDs at Risk: Mapping and Preliminary Assessment (June 2011). Along with List of Materials and Resources and Materials for WHRDs at Risk(January 2011), Ten Insights to Strengthen Responses for Women Human Rights Defenders at Risk is the third in the series that AWID has produced along with the WHRD International Coalition’s Working Group on Urgent Responses. The aim of the WHRD series is to increase awareness of resources that exist to support and defend WHRDs and to ensure that women’s rights activists around the world have the necessary information to easily access these resources. To view or download other publications in the series please visit www.awid.org.
The members of the WHRD International Coalition Working Group on Urgent Responses are:
Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML)
Amnesty International (AI)
International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH)
World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)
Front Line Defenders
Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM ASIA)
Baobab for Women's Rights
Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID)
|Women human rights defenders and the struggle for justice in Colombia
Colombia continues to suffer one of the worst humanitarian and human rights crises in the world. In this context, those who defend human rights and the rule of law in Colombia have continuously been victims of systematic stigmatization, threats, sexual violence, unfounded criminal proceedings, violent attacks and killings carried out by all armed actors in the conflict. Amongst this group of defenders, women play a crucial role.
ABColombia is the advocacy project of a group of five leading UK and Irish organisations with programmes in Colombia: CAFOD, Christian Aid UKI, Oxfam GB, SCIAF and Trócaire. Amnesty International and Peace Brigades International (PBI) are observers.
|Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR) Resources:
Fact-finding report “Defending Human Rights: Abortion Providers Facing Threats, Restrictions, Harassment”
For more than 60 years, the United States has joined most countries of the world in formally recognizing and committing to protect the fundamental human rights set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. These include the rights to life, equality, privacy, medical care, information, education, and freedom from discrimination.
Please ask for a copy of the report on the website: http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/5971/t/6770/signUp.jsp?key=1103
For more information on the campaign incl. a video and briefing papers to the SR-HRD, please visit: http://reproductiverights.org/en/project/recognizing-abortion-providers-as-human-rights-defenders
|Urgent Responses For Women Human Rights Defenders At Risk: Mapping And Preliminary Assessment
This publication was produced by the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition and was facilitated by AWID as part of its work as Chair of the Coalition’s Working Group on Urgent Responses.
“Urgent Responses” presents the responses offered by a broad range of human rights organizations operating at different levels—international, regional and national—as well as groups with differing thematic priorities, including those working on women’s rights, human rights and sexual orientation. After a brief overview of violence that WHRDs face,“Urgent Responses” outlines the different types of responses that are available – from urgent appeals to temporary relocation, from engaging with international institutions to stress management and medical assistance. In order to help WHRDs identify the resources and tools available, a main component of “Urgent Responses” is a table that provides an overview of the organizations interviewed and the responses that exist, followed by details of each of the participating organizations’ work, organized by the type of responses reviewed.
This publication is part of a new series that AWID is producing with the WHRD International Coalition. The aims of the WHRD series are to increase awareness of resources that exist to support and defend WHRDs and to ensure that women’s rights activists around the world have the necessary information to easily access these resources.
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|Addressing Gaps in the Defense of Women Human Rights Defenders: A Report on the Strategic Conversation (2011)
The Center for Women's Global Leadership (CWGL) is pleased to publish this report on the ongoing efforts being taken by the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC) and its allies to shed light on the unique challenges women human rights defenders face and to create new systems of advocacy on their behalf. The 2009 meeting of defenders was a collaborative effort between the WHRD IC and CWGL to bring together women working specifically on defenders' rights. The strategic conversation on Addressing Gaps in the Defense of Women Human Rights Defenders was convened with the knowledge that more than a decade after the recognition of women's rights as human rights at the 1993 UN World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, Austria and subsequently at the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, there continue to be many gaps in the integration of women's concerns into the international human rights agenda.
Norway's Efforts to Support Human Rights Defenders:
Guide for the foreign service is a new set of guidelines prepared by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to assist Norwegian missions to implement the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders and systematically intensify their efforts to support human rights defenders, including women and LGBTI defenders.
If you are interested in hard copies, please contact the Section for Human Rights: email@example.com and they will send it to you.
Haiti: WHRD IC policy recommendations, February 2, 2010
Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition policy recommendations to address critical security concerns and needs of women human rights defenders in Haiti in the aftermath of the 12 January 2010 earthquake
Human rights are often set aside as an ‘extra’ in emergency response, i.e., there is no time to assess the specific issues, we go with what we know’.
Kowalisyon Entènasyonal Fanm Defansè Dwa Moun
Rekòmandasyon sou politik ki dwe adrese pwoblèm ak bezwen kritik nan
kesyon sekirite pou fanm kap defann dwa moun ann Ayiti apre tranblemandtè le 12 janvye 2010 la
|Commitment to challenge impunity
|Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition Report, 2009
A brief look at the situation of women human rights defenders around the world in 2009, an update on key Coalition activities over the past year, and looking ahead to important sites of advocacy for 2010.
|· WHRD IC Report 2009 – English
· WHRD IC Report 2009 – French
||WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS
DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST VIOLENCE
As part of the 2009 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, members of the International Coalition on Women Human Rights Defenders honoured 16 women human rights defenders who have endured great risk and danger in the pursuit of their activism.
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|Women Human Rights Defenders Questionnaire Report
This report analyses the responses to the women human rights defenders questionnaire developed by the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition. There were 90 respondents in 32 countries that answered the survey. Except for 2 men and 2 transgender, the respondents were all female. There were 6 who identified themselves as lesbians, 1 as bi-sexual, and many as heterosexuals. Over half of the respondents have spent more than 10 years in activism. All except 1 of the respondents belong to a formal organisation.
In spite of a high level of education among all respondents, only 3 of those that answered this question stated that they earn over US $5,000 a month. Over a fifth stated they earn only about US$ 200 a month. 24% make not more than US $ 5,000 and 16% earn between US $ 501 – 1,000.
80 of the 90 respondents claimed they have heard of the term ‘women human rights defenders’; and 75 identified themselves as such. More than half of them experienced violations as women human rights defenders. The most common violations are: intimidation and harassment; surveillance and blacklisting; attacks and intimidation of family members; defamation, slander, vilification; killing and attempted killing. About 8 of the female respondents claimed experiencing sexual violence.
While only 1 respondent cited ‘restrictive use of customary law and religion’ as a violation, many of the women human rights defenders cited discrimination against them as a major obstacle to their activism. This is so particularly for respondents belonging to marginalised groups such as Dalit, transgender and LGBTs. In general, the defenders’ vulnerability to violations is closely related to their focus of work, with those working in conflict areas, defence of human rights defenders, and sexual and reproductive rights more vulnerable than others. Women human rights defenders that work at local or national levels also experienced more violations than those who work with regional or international organisations.
Almost all of the respondents cited lack of resources as a major obstacle in their work. Regardless of their number of children and responsibilities at home, majority complained of physical and psychological exhaustion. The survey indicated that women human rights activism is so under-resourced yet the level of impunity is high that the women human rights defenders have exploited themselves in the process.
The respondents recommended that the following must change to improve their situation: 1) Step up and continue efforts to end impunity; 2) Create an enabling environment for women by combating discrimination in all forms; 3) Address activists’ well-being and security; 4) advocate for more resources for women’s rights; 5) continue capacity building and education on human rights.
The findings speak to the validity of the four calls of the international campaign on women human rights defenders in 2005, and affirm the relevance of the strategic objectives identified by the coalition in January 2008.
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Report of the Consultation on Women Human Rights Defenders with the UN Special Representative of the Secretary General on Human Rights Defenders, Bangkok, 2003.
The Consultation on Women Human Rights Defenders was convened by Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), Amnesty International (AI) and International Women’s Rights Action Watch-Asia Pacific (IWRAW-AP) on April 4-6, 2003 at Amari Atrium Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand. It was attended by 30 participants from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Switzerland, Thailand, the United States and the United Kingdom. The UN Special Representative on Human Rights Defenders also participated in the consultation.
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Proceedings of the International Consultation on Women Human Rights Defenders by Victoria Collis, River Path Associates
This is a full report of the International Consultation on Women Human Rights Defenders held on 29 November - 2 December 2005 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. This report documents the discussions and analyses of violations and abuses committed against women human rights defenders through a framework of four key sources of violations: state actors, non-state actors, family and community, sex and sexuality-based attacks. It also contains strategies and recommendations made by the participants to better protect women human rights defenders.
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In observance of the 16 Days of Activism to end Gender Violence 25 November to 10 December
International Day for Women Human Rights Defenders 29 November
World Human Rights Day 10 December
This video is created in observance of the 16 Days of Activism to end Gender Violence, International Day for Women Human Rights Defenders, and World Human Rights Day 2008. Footages were taken from WHRD meetings, APWLD photo bank and the One-in-Nine Campaign: Solidarity with Women who Speak Out march at Cape Town, South Africa 2008.
"Defending women defending rights: international consultation on women human rights defenders"
"Defending women defending rights: international consultation on women human rights defenders"
is a video marking the International Campaign on Women
Human Rights Defenders and International Consultation on Women Human Rights
Defenders which took place from 29 November - 2 December 2005 in Colombo,
Sri Lanka. The video is a 20 minute snap-shot of the key issues highlighted
through the campaign and Consultation.
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The DVD is available upon request
from Cholpon at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please kindly note that a fee of $3US
(+postage) applies to cover the costs of reproduction.
|WHRD Calendar June 2012 – Dec 2013
A calendar of key human rights events of concern to women human rights defenders, noting important sites of advocacy and possible areas of intervention.
|CELEBRATING WOMEN'S RESISTANCE!
Following is the video shown at the opening of the International Consulation on Women Human Rights Defenders held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 29 - 2 December 2005. The video is produced by Young Asia Television, Sri Lanka on behalf of the Women Human Rights Defenders' International Coordinating Committee.
The video is a tribute to all women human rights defenders who have been killed in defense of human rights and to many women activists and defenders of women's rights who continue to advocate for the realisation of all human rights for all.
The video is in English, French and Spanish version. Please download and use it for your March 8 activities or any other mobilisation around women's human rights, as we continue to celebrate women's resistance!