Recommendations to Enhance the Protection and Security of Women Human Rights Defenders

This set of recommendations seeks to address the need for an integrated concept of security that goes beyond just the physical protection of the individual. 

Our Right to Safety: Women Human Rights Defenders' Holistic Approach to Protection

This publication provides a reflection on the complex situations of women who face threats and violations as a result of their work defending human rights.

Violence Against Women Human Rights Defenders in Mesoamerica: An assessment in progress

This document builds on the key conclusions of a Mesoamerican in-depth diagnosis on violence against women human rights defenders in the region.

You are not alone, compañeras! Solidarity with Consorcio Oaxaca

AWID condemns the death threats received by Consorcio Oaxaca and the journalist Soledad Jarquín on June 15th, 2020 related to their campaign “Hasta que la justicia llegue” (Until Justice Comes) demanding justice for the femicide of María del Sol Jarquín.

“I will only stop when my eyes close” – Why we must keep WHRDs' stories alive

By sharing stories of powerful women, we reignite and spread that love and hope, rebirth the creative resilience into the feminist realities that will save our planet. 

A resolute voice in times of backlash

AWID welcomes the report of the Working Group on Discrimination Against Women on the causes of deprivation of liberty. 

We condemn the ongoing criminalization of human rights defenders in Guatemala

We are gravelly alarmed by the ongoing, targeted criminalization of human rights defenders in Guatemala including the recent judicial harassment of defenders Mrs. Claudia Virginia Samayoa Pineda and Mr. José Manuel Martínez Cabrera. With this letter, we urge the Guatemalan Government to end all acts of harassment against human rights defenders and to guarantee the realization of fundamental freedoms in all regions of Guatemala.


NGOs urge States to implement the recommendations by the Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights

During the Interactive Dialogue with Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights at HRC40, Action Canada delivered a joint statement on our and SRI's behalf to show our support to the work of Karima Bennoune, Special Rapporteur on Cultural Rights and demand stronger support from the UN in this field.

Activists call for a UN-wide policy to support and protect women human rights defenders

In front of a packed room at UN Headquarters in Geneva, Omaima Al Najjar, a woman human rights defender and political refugee from Saudi Arabia, delivered an urgent message to the Human Rights Council on Thursday February 28, 2019.

States must respect, protect and fulfil the rights of WHRDs

Oral statement at the 40th session of the Human Right Council on the crucial role of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) and feminist activists and their right to engage at international and regional levels without any discrimination, violence, threats and reprisals.