WHRD Tribute

We remember and pay tribute to Women's Human Rights Defenders from around the world.

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About the WHRD Tribute

AWID honors feminists and Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) who have died and whose contributions to the advancement of human rights are very much missed.


A celebration of the lives and struggles of activists and WHRDs today.

This tribute is an online photo exhibition featuring photographs and biographies of women’s rights leaders from around the world. Since 2012, the online Tribute is updated every year as part of the 16 Days Campaign Against Gender Based Violence (November 25 – December 10).

The exhibit was first launched in 2012, at AWID’s 12th International Forum, in Turkey. At the 13th International Forum in Brazil, we commemorated activists and WHRDs who have passed with a mural unveiling ceremony, a dance performance and a Brazilian ritual.

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WHRD Tribute at the 2016 AWID Forum

In addition to paying homage to these incredible women, we seek to shed light on the plight of all WHRDs who have been assassinated or disappeared.

We bring them all into our collective memory and carry their legacy of struggle as our torch in the feminists’ and women’s rights movements. Recognizing that security, safety and self-care must be a priority in all our political agendas is a crucial step to collectively respond to violence against feminists and WHRDs, and to ensure the sustainability of our movements for gender equality, women’s rights, and justice for all.

And while many of these women have passed away due to accidents, illnesses and natural disasters, about one third of those honored in this tribute were killed or disappeared due to their activism.

Women like Agnes Torres, from Mexico, who was killed because of her gender identity and sexual orientation; or Cheryl Ananayo, an environmental activist from the Philippines who was assassinated as she struggled against a mining company.

We are receiving contributions from all over the world for this tribute.

AWID would like to thank the families and organizations who shared their personal stories and contributed to this memorial. We join them in continuing the remarkable work of these women and forging efforts to ensure justice is achieved in cases that remain in impunity.

Visit the online exhibit