The WHRDIC is part of many events at the CSW60:

The Role of Women Human Rights Defenders and Feminist Organisations in Realising Goal 16 of the Agenda 2030
Tuesday 15 March 2016, 10:30am
CCUN, Chapel

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Sponsors include: CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation, WHRDIC, Oaxaca Network WHRDs, Frida, The Young Feminist Fund, IWRAW Asia Pacific, Center for Egyptian Women’s Legal Assistance

Empowering Women by Empowering Women Human Rights Defendersempower_women_flyer
Wednesday 16 March 2016, 13.15 – 14.30
Conference room 12, UN Headquarters, New York
Opening remarks
• Tone Skogen, State Secretary, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
• Ambassador Mara Marinaki of Greece, European External Action Service (EEAS) Principal Advisor on Gender,
and on the implementation of UNSCR 1325 on Women, Peace and Security and all other gender-related matters
• Bai Ali Indayla, KAWAGIB – Alliance for the Advancement of Moro Human Rights, Philippines
• Noelene Nabulivon, Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN), Fiji
• Fatima Outaleb, Union of Women’s Action (UAF), Morocco
Closing remarks
Samira Merai Friaa, Minister for Women, Family and Childhood, Tunisia
Richard Bennett, Representative and Head of New York UN Office
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A Discussion With and About Women Human Rights Defenders
FRIDAY, 18 March, 2016 –  12:30 PM

Join us for a discussion featuring activists who are thinking critically and creatively about how women human rights defenders are sharing our narratives about our lives, our activism, and the challenges we face.

Amal Elmohandes (Egypt), Nazra for Feminist Studies
Carrie Shelver (South Africa), Coalition of African Lesbians

Cynthia Rothschild (USA), WHRD-IC

“Documentation” – which can take many forms – is a politically motivated naming of women human rights defenders’ stories.  Our discussion rests in the ideas that WHRDs work with bravery and resilience, and that documentation of our experiences of both abuses and activism is critically important. For many, documentation is a courageous act of resistance.   Yet, our stories are often untold.

Presented by the WHRDIC with co-sponsoring members, including:
Amnesty International, Association for Progressive Communication WRP, Association for Women’s Rights in Development, Center for Women’s Global Leadership, Coalition of African Lesbians, Front Line Defenders, International Service for Human Rights, ISIS-WICCE Uganda, Nazra for Feminist Studies, Urgent Action Fund, Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights, World Organization Against Torture – OMCT/FIDH

The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition has just launched its most recent publication: Gendering Documentation: A Manual for and About Women Human Rights Defenders.


WHRDIC members are participating in many events at the CSW60:


AWID EVENTS happen every day of the CSW! For more information consult:

March 15

MADRE EVENT: Implementing the Women, Peace and Security Agenda: A Roadmap for the 1325 Global Study Recommendations
When UN Security Council Resolution 1325 passed, it marked a milestone commitment by governments to include women’s leadership in peacemaking. Fifteen years later, women peace activists are still too often excluded from the negotiating table. But a UN Global Study on Resolution 1325 proposes a way to change this, with recommendations to policymakers.
How can we bring these recommendations to life? Join experts and activists in a participatory discussion to find out.

Leymah Gbowee, Nobel Laureate
Radhika Coomaraswamy, Global Study Author
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director, UN Women
Madeleine Rees, Secretary-General, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom
Yifat Susskind, Executive Director, MADRE
Lisa Davis, CUNY Law School & MADRE

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 | 1:00pm – 5:00pm (FREE Entry)
CUNY Law School | 2 Court Square | Long Island City, NY 11101

ISIS-WICCE EVENT: Peace at the Frontline of the Sustainable Development Goals

Helen Kezie – Nwoha (Isis-WICCE):
Global Peace and Security: A Reflection on SDG16 from a gender perspective.
Muadi Mukenge (Global Fund for Women)
The Peace and Security Cooperation Framework for the Great Lakes Region: Gains and the unfinished business
Dr. Renu Rajbhandari (National Alliance of Women Human Rights Defenders – Nepal): Recovering from armed conflict; Trapped by Natural disasters: Defending women at all costs”.
Bai Ali Indayla (KAWAGIB1 , Phillipines). Confronting militarism; Protecting environmental rights: Reflections from KAWAGIB
Linnea Hakansson, World YWCA;
Recharging the Movement for Peace and Security: Insights from WYWCA’s approach

Juliet Were; Programme Coordinator – Isis-WICC

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 2:30-4_30pm
Church Centre; Drew Room


March 16

MADRE EVENT: New Tools and Next Generation Strategies to Advance Women’s Human Rights
More than 20 years ago, women won recognition that “women’s rights are human rights.” This widened definition was a victory for global women’s movements, and it allowed us to demand new rights-based polices for women worldwide. But today, the movements confront an impasse. The strategies honed two decades ago are far less effective in advancing women’s rights. What paradigm shifts are necessary now?

Speakers Include:
Charlotte Bunch, Founding Director and Senior Scholar, Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL)
Rose Cunningham, Founder and Director, Wangki Tangni
Mallika Dutt, Founder and President, Breakthrough
Anita Nayar, Director, Regions Refocus
Yifat Susskind, Executive Director, MADRE

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 | 8:30am – 10:00am (FREE Entry)
Thai Cultural Center, Suite L, Room 1| 310 E 44th St | New York, NY 10017

URGENT ACTION FUND EVENT: Celebrating Women Charting a Path for Women’s Peace in Korea
UAF is pleased to co-sponsor an evening on women building peace with Gloria Steinem and Nobel Peace Prize winner Leyman Gbowee. The event will feature women peacemakers from South Korea, Japan and the U.S. who are actively working across national boundaries for peace and the reunification of Korea.
When: Wednesday, 16 March, 6 PM – 9 PM
Where: Address given upon request (

March 17

Rally for Justice! Rally for Berta!
#NiUnamás –  #JusticiaParaBerta – #BertaPresente- #NotOneMore  –  #JusticeforBerta

URGENT ACTION FUND EVENT: Women Human Rights Defenders Respond to Extractive Industries: Experiences

Event Moderator: Monica Aleman Cunningham, Senior Program Officer, Ford Foundation

Event Speakers:
Kate Kroeger, Executive Director, Urgent Action Fund
Bai Ali Indayla, Environmental Human Rights Defender, Philippines
Tatiana Cordero, Executive Director, Urgent Action Fund-Latin America
Lina Solano, Environmental Human Rights Defender, Ecuador
Ndana Bofu-Tawamba, Executive Director, Urgent Action Fund-Africa
Emem J. Okon, Environmental Human Rights Defender, Nigeria

Urgent Action Fund, Urgent Action Fund-Africa, and Urgent Action Fund-Latin America
Thursday, March 17, 2016 from 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM (EDT) – Add to Calendar
Roger Smith Hotel, Starlight Loft, Mezzanine Floor – 501 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10017

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ASSOCIATION FOR PROGRESSIVE COMMUNICATIONS WITH DUE DILIGENCE PROJECT EVENT: SDG 5 and Online VAW: Who’s Accountable? Due Diligence, the State & Internet Intermediaries

Access to information and communications technology is key to women’s empowerment. The transformative potential of the internet is (increasingly) under threat by high levels of online violence against women. Increased prevalence of online violence against women, the lack of effective measures to prevent and contain it and the ensuing impunity has created barriers to women becoming full participants and equal players in development. Event organised in conjunction with The Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Government of Malaysia.

Zarizana Abdul Aziz, Due Diligence Project Director
Dubravka Simonovic, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences
Frank La Rue, Former UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression (Statement)
Jan Moolman, Association for Progressive Communications
Tania Farha, UN Women

Janine Moussa, The Global Women’s Institute

Friday, 18 March, 10:00- 11:30AM

Permanent Mission of the Kingdom of the Netherlands at the UN, 666 Third Avenue, 19th Floor, New York 10017 (between 42nd and 43rd street)

NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS EVENT: Promoting Safety and Security of Women Human Rights Defenders through Community Leadership and Governance

18 March, 4:30 PM
Church Center

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