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Call for Contributions: Remembering Feminists, Activists, and WHRDs who are no longer with us

“The world changes, revolutionaries die
And the children forget”
~ Thandiswa Mazwai


WHRD Tribute - Vienna Rye (610x470)

There are many remarkable and courageous people who are no longer with us but they continue to inspire us. Let’s remember and celebrate them!

On the 29th of November, we are launching the 7th edition of our WHRD Tribute.

This ongoing exhibit commemorates Feminists and Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) from around the world who have passed away, have disappeared, or have been murdered for their activism.

We invite you to share your memories of feminists and activists who:

  • fearlessly fought for justice and rights in your community and who have been killed because of her/their engagement
  • you worked with closely and who have led drastic change in bringing the causes of women or LGBTQI people forward
  • are close to your heart, who influenced your own activism and whom you miss dearly

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Join us in co-creating this year’s Tribute

Turn their memory into a piece of art with artivist Vienna Rye

We are very excited to be working on this year’s Tribute with Vienna Rye, a visual artist and political organizer from New York City, USA.  Vienna uses her art “as a catalyst to decolonize imagination, confront settler colonialism, racism, capitalism, and patriarchy.“ She will be creating unique and colorful commemorative pieces of art for each of the women human rights defenders (WHRDs) featured in this year’s Tribute.

Tell us about these feminists and activists who are no longer with us. Send a few words about them, a photo, and any other materials that would reflect their work and life (podcast, artwork, videos, poems etc.).

This year, we’ll be working alongside a partner artivist to turn your submissions into a piece of art that will be added to our online exhibit, shared with our partners, and shared online during the 16 Days of Activism.

To be considered for the 2018 Tribute, your contribution must be received by 28 September 2018.


Elisa Leticia. María Verónica. Oby. Abby. Guadalupe. Mona. Asma. Laura. Marielle. Alexandra. Winnie. Oliva. Deborah. Razan.

You defended human rights with your words and writing, through your organizing, by documenting human rights violations, through law, politics, by lobbying, exposing, protecting. By resisting. The number of ways in which you defended is countless.

We especially encourage contributions from historically excluded groups such as young women, disabled women, sex workers, LGBTQI persons, women defending their land and territories, sexual and reproductive rights activists, labour rights activists, and indigenous women.

If you have any questions, please contact us

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