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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.
Memory as Resistance: A Tribute to WHRDs no longer with us
Over the past few years, a troubling new trend at the international human rights level is being observed, where discourses on "protecting the family" are being employed to defend violations committed against family members, to bolster and justify impunity, and to restrict equal rights within and to family life.
Protection of the Family
Women human rights defenders (WHRDs) worldwide defend their lands, livelihoods and communities from extractive industries and corporate power. They stand against powerful economic and political interests driving land theft, displacement of communities, loss of livelihoods, and environmental degradation.
Confronting Extractivism & Corporate Power
The Human Rights Council (HRC) is the key intergovernmental body within the United Nations system responsible for the promotion and protection of all human rights around the globe. AWID works with partners to share key knowledge, convene civil society dialogues and events, and influence negotiations and outcomes of the session.
Human Rights Council (HRC)
This year’s CSW, “Women’s economic empowerment in the changing world of work”, is marked by an unprecedented political context. Alongside partners, AWID will be co-sponsoring several civil society convenings, influencing the negotiations and outcome document, and sharing key knowledge pieces on relevant themes.
Commission on the Status of Women
WHRDs are exposed to the same types of risks that all other defenders who defend human rights, communities, and the environment face. However, they are also exposed to gender-based violence and gender-specific risks because they challenge existing gender norms within their communities and societies.
Women Human Rights Defenders
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