Nobel Women's Initiative's Sixth International Conference: A Global Feminist Resistance

A Global Feminist Resistance
Dates: 13-16 May 2017
Location: Monchengladbech, Germany


The Nobel Women’s Initiative invited 50 women human rights defenders from more than a dozen countries to a three-day meeting to strategize about advancing women’s human rights and peace worldwide, in the context of rising backlash, while opening democratic space.

Activists from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guatemala, Indonesia, Iraq, Kenya, Syria, Turkey and Ukraine brought insights, experiences and tactics from different cultures and communities to contribute to the conference theme, A Global Feminist Resistance: The Evolution and Revolution, Adapting to Thrive!

The global response to refugees was a key theme and is a concern of all the laureates. One of the reasons Germany was chosen as the location was to offer congratulations for welcoming policies.

The five Nobel peace laureates also joined a public presentation and discussion about their work fighting totalitarianism and fundamentalism in its various guises in order to build a more peaceful and just world. 900 people attended at the historic Kaiser-Friedrich-Halle in Mönchengladbach, Germany.


Mairead Maguire
Jody Williams
Shirin Ebadi
Tawakkol Karman
Rigoberta Menchú Tum

Key message/Call to Action

“You will fight for a society of equal citizenship for men and women."

Find out more

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Jody Williams | Women fight back: from survive to thrive

Jennifer Allsopp | Fight fundamentalism in all its guises: a call to action from Yemen to Germany


A Global Feminist Resistance: The evolution and revolution – adapting to thrive


#evolvethemvmt: A Global Feminist Resistance (Flickr)