Addressing Gaps in the Defense of Women Human Rights Defenders


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This report from the Center for Women’s Global Leadership (CWGL) was a product of a 2009 strategic dialogue, which was a collaborative effort between the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC) and CWGL to bring together women working specifically on defenders’ rights.

The meeting was 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 was a continuation of 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.

The strategic conversation on Addressing Gaps in the Defense of Women Human Rights Defenders
was convened with the knowledge that more than a decade after the recognition of women’s rights as human rights at the 1993 UN World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna, Austria and subsequently at the 1995 Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, there continue to be many gaps in the integration of women’s concerns into the international human rights agenda.
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