Good News! Court dismisses baseless charges against Bettina Cruz Velazquez

Bettina Cruz Velázquez

From WHRDIC member ISHR: After four years of a flawed judicial process, ISHR welcomes that the District Court in the State of Oaxaca in Mexico has ruled to acquit Lucila Bettina Cruz Velazquez of charges made against her…. Read More

Good News! Indonesian WHRD Eva Bande released!

Eva Bande

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

Women Crossing the Line Documentaries

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

Our right to safety report now in Spanish, French and Arabic

New report: Our Right To Safety

Our Right to Safety: Women Human Rights Defenders’ Holistic Approach to Protection is now available in French, Spanish and Arabic. The report provides a reflection on the complex situations of women defenders who face threats and violations as… Read More

Watch the Conversation with Arab WHRDs!

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On Thursday, 20 November at 4 pm GMT leading Arab women human rights defenders Alaa Murabit (Libya), Sally Zohney (Egypt) and Atiaf Al-Wazir (Yemen) spoke at a web forum about the human rights situation in their region. Watch… 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

Leyla Yunus nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

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The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition announces that Azerbaijani woman human rights defender Leyla Yunus has been nominated for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. This honour comes as Dr Yunus has been unexpectedly transferred to the Detention… Read More

Justice for Bettina Cruz Velázquez

Bettina Cruz Velázquez

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition is calling for justice for Bettina Cruz Velázquez who has been unfairly and severely prosecuted as an act of reprisal for her work as a woman human rights defender. Bettina Cruz… Read More

Free Egyptian Women Human Rights Defenders

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In the lead up to the October 11th trial of seven Egyptian women human rights defenders (WHRDs), who have been detained since June 21, 2014 on charges of violating Egypt’s strict Protest and Public Assembly Law, over 220… Read More

VOTE NOW: support the nomination of Leyla Yunus for the Tulip Award

Leyla Yunus Tulip Award

Leyla Yunus is one of Azerbaijan’s most prominent women human rights defenders. She is the founder and chair of Azerbaijan’s Institute for Peace and Democracy. Her work includes projects to protect political prisoners, defend women’s rights, combat torture,… Read More