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.