Addressing Gaps in the Defense of Women Human Rights Defenders

Center for Women’s Global Leadership

The Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) is pleased to publish this report on the ongoing efforts being taken by the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC) and its allies to shed light on the unique challenges women human rights defenders face and to create new systems of advocacy on their behalf. The 2009 meeting of defenders was a collaborative effort between the WHRD IC and CWGL to bring together women working specifically on defenders’ rights. We envisioned this meeting as an opportunity to develop strategies and tactics that would be undertaken by coalition members and then introduced to the larger human rights community. This strategic conversation continues a CWGL initiative started in the 1990s to deepen feminist strategies around women’s rights by bringing together activists, academics, and policy makers to think and plan purposefully with regard to movement challenges and urgent concerns.

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