Bahrain: Human rights defender Ghada Jamsheer remains in jail despite poor health

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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

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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

WHRDIC MOURNS THE DEATH OF INDIGENOUS LEADER AND FEMINIST ACTIVIST BERTA CACÉRES AND DEMANDS JUSTICE

Berta Caceres stands at the Gualcarque River in the Rio Blanco region of western Honduras where she, COPINH (the Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras) and the people of Rio Blanco have maintained a two year struggle to halt construction on the Agua Zarca Hydroelectric project, that poses grave threats to local environment, river and indigenous Lenca people from the region.

We Demand Justice for Berta and Call on the Honduran Government and the International Community to Stop Violence against Women Human Rights Defenders “I have been persecuted not just for political leadership but also for being a woman,… Read More

UN EVENT CALLS FOR PROTECTION AND PARTICIPATION OF WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS IN THE IMPLEMENTATION OF AGENDA 2030

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(New York, 17 March 2016) “Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) are crucial in achieving the goals laid out in Agenda 2030, and states and the United Nations must take concrete steps to ensure that they are protected and… Read More

PROMINENT HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANIZATION PIONEERED BY WHRDS FACES THREAT OF CLOSURE

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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

Put protection of women human rights defenders into practice

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(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

Tribute to WHRDs

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WHRDIC member Women Living under Muslim Laws, honor the WHRDs who had been brutally killed or murdered because of their activism and resistance against religious-based extremist forces.            

Good News! Indonesian WHRD Eva Bande released!

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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

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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

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.