Strengthening the empowerment, leadership, well-being and autonomy of women human rights defenders in Uganda. Transforming the context to defend human rights in Uganda. Responding to specific individual or collective cases of WHRDs at risk. Their mission is to ensure a safe and secure work environment for women HRDs in order to increase the quality and quantity of…
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In this report, DefendDefenders examines the challenges faced by Ethiopian human rights defenders (HRDs) amid the ongoing reform process and makes concrete recommendations for rebuilding a robust and inclusive civil society ahead of elections planned for 2020. Despite some positive developments, serious gaps remain, and rights-based organisations in the country currently lack the capacity to keep pace with these developments. This report outlines several avenues donors and international organisations can use to help effectively rebuild civil society in Ethiopia, such as capacity-building activities, and areas of focus like psychosocial support.
Reading time: 4 minutes The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders (HRD) defines women human rights defenders as both female human rights defenders, and any other human rights defenders who work in the defence of women’s rights or on gender issues (A/HRC/16/44). Typical challenges faced by WHRDs in East Africa both in urban settlements and grassroot…
As feminists – organizations and activists, working across global movements centered on human rights, sustainable development, and economic and social justice – they have come together in a moment of collective organizing to outline key principles for a just and resilient recovery from the ongoing global pandemic, as well as to track responses and uplift collective action of feminists around the world.
Voice for Change (VfC) is a provincial women’s organisation based in Jiwaka working towards eradicating all forms of violence. The organisation focuses on creating safe spaces for girls and women and empowering women economically. The organisation works in collaboration with local communities, the police and community law enforcers (village court magistrates, peace mediators and ward…
The most effective security lessons come from defenders themselves – from their daily experiences and the tactics and strategies they develop over time in order to protect others and their own working environments. This manual must therefore be understood as a work in progress which will need to be updated and adapted as we gather more input from human rights defenders working on the front line. There are also lessons to be learned from international humanitarian NGOs, who have recently started to develop their own rules and procedures to maintain staff security. These manuals were written largely based on the work of PBI.
This Protection Plan aims to further strengthen protection and provide timely and efficient assistance to HRDs at risk in Asia, through temporary relocation and other types of urgent assistance as well as trial observation missions. It must be stressed that the assistance under the Protection Plan is temporary in nature.
The Natalia Project is the world’s first alarm and positioning system for human rights defenders at risk. The participants wear the Natalia Project alarm on their wrists. In case of an attack, a pull of the wristband activates the alarm upon which a distress signal is sent to Civil Rights Defenders headquarters in Stockholm. The signal is then verified by people on the ground.
The following is a list of organizations sorted by region that perform medical assistance, stress management and psychosocial counseling on behalf of women human rights defenders (WHRDs).