Act now! Here are 3 lessons learned from International Women’s Day 2019

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Women human rights defenders (WHRDs) play a crucial role in accelerating change and yet they continue to face increasing repression, violence and impunity at the hands of state and non-state actors. This recap of International Women’s Day will share three actionable ways you can actively participate in their resistance.

Lesson 1: More action, less rhetoric

How can allies protect WHRDs right to engage at international and regional levels without discrimination, violence or threats? More action, less rhetoric. Spread the word and expose human rights violations within your communities and network.

  • #HuelgaFeminista: Sign and support #HuelgaFeminista #8M. The Feminist Strike denounces oppression in all spaces – without fear and with a voice of their own – and insists that nobody speaks on their behalf.
  • Protect WHRDs through actionable change:

“We don’t want another anniversary… marked by violence, criminalization and the murder of women human rights defenders. We don’t want more speeches that are soft on the governments and private interests that are devastating our land, territories, and bodies. We demand respect, holistic security and safety, and our right to defend human rights without fear. Our legitimate voices should no longer be silenced and ignored.”

We’ve Had Enough: A Call to Action to Protect WHRDs and their Communities

Lesson 2: Protect and train WHRDs

Gendersec’s workshops are informed by years of working with women and trans activists around the world. Help women, activists and human rights defenders protect themselves from online and offline threats.

Lesson 3: Promote equality in the workplace


Alannah Bonalos is the current Community Engagement Associate at Human Rights Connected. This blog post was edited by Education and Communications Associate, Sabrina Sanchez.

Featured image borrowed from Paulisson Miura.

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