Building Support for Women Human Rights Defenders
Date: 24 April 2015
Location: The Hague, Netherlands
At the 5th Nobel Women’s Initiative biennial conference, the Laureates were joined by a gathering of 120 frontline activists from the Middle East, Africa and South America to discuss how the international community could protect women human rights defenders around the globe. Women human rights defenders are subjected to a wide range of violence – from verbal harassment to systemic rape, torture, and assassinations. They are targeted because they are defying traditional gender roles and represent a threat to the patriarchal status quo. Among the highest at risk are women campaigning against environmental destruction and those facing new threats from extremist groups like ISIS.
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Women’s rights activists call for UN to protect them in their work (Guardian 18 March 2015)