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Memory as Resistance: A Tribute to WHRDs no longer with us

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.


Celebrating and Honoring

AWID’s WHRDs Tribute is a photo exhibition featuring feminist, women’s rights and social justice activists from around the world who are no longer with us. 

The Tribute was first launched in 2012, at AWID’s 12th International Forum, in Turkey. It took shape with a physical exhibit of portraits and biographies of feminists and activists who passed away. 

In between the AWID Forums, the Tribute lives as an online gallery that is updated every year as part of the 16 Days Campaign Against Gender Based Violence (25 November 25 – 10 December). To date, 364 WHRDs have been featured since the beginning of the Tribute in 2012.

Our Tribute in 2017

This year, 72 WHRDs from 8 regions and 34 countries are celebrated and honored. Whilst many of them have passed away due to old age or illness, too many have been killed as a result of their work and who they are.

This increasing violence (by states, corporations, organized crime, unknown gunmen...) is not only aimed at individual activists but at our joint work and feminist realities. Among many ways we continue to fight and resist, our memory is one of them. 

Their individual struggles tell the collective story of our movements. 

Visit the online exhibit

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.

“They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” - Mexican Proverb