Support WHRD´s - Protect Civic Space
Femena hosted two parallel events at the 2021 NGOCSW Forum.
- Advocating for Women’s Rights, Peace and Security in MENA/Asia: Challenges of Shrinking Civic Space
- Protecting & Supporting WHRDs in MENA: A Critical Component of Efforts to End Violence against Women
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Women human rights defenders (WHRDs) are crucial actors for positive social change, protecting and ensuring human rights and moving their societies toward equal and inclusive ones. FEMENA and six other rights organizations launched a Campaign to support WHRDs in MENA region and bring attention to the backlash they face.
In observance of International Women’s Day 2021, FEMENA along with five other organizations, organized the Campaign to Protect Civic Space and Support WHRDs, aimed to bring attention to the extreme pressures and backlash women human rights defenders who organize to promote women’s rights are facing in countries such as Afghanistan, Egypt and Iran.
Read the Campaign statement available in English, Arabic and Farsi.
Ten Ways to Live Restoratively Arabic & Farsi is a resource responding to increased interest of activists trying to identify alternative strategies to address and remedy sexual harm. FEMENA is developing resources on Restorative Justice in response to increased interest following MeToo Movements in Iran & Egypt.
See original in English here.
Over the last few years we have witnessed a rise in violence against WHRDs in the MENA region. 2020 was an especially violent year, where in some instances, WHRDs received death threats and tragically, in several cases, such as in Iraq and Libya, WHRDs were killed.
FEMENA supports Woman Human Rights Defenders, their organizations and feminist movements through analysis of trends and policy, documentation, fostering development of regional communities of practice and advocacy.
FEMENA is pleased to endorse an important statement prepared by the Observatory on the Universality of Rights, which stresses the critical role of UN Special Procedures upholding and strengthening human rights standards and norms within the United Nations (UN) human rights system and calls for supporting this critical rights mechanism, which is under attack.
For the 16 Days of Activism Against Violence against Women (Nov. 25-Dec. 10, 2020), FEMENA, along with other regional and international women and human rights organizations, implemented a Campaign to “Protect and Support WHRDs in MENA.”
FEMENA is pleased to join 28 other human rights and humanitarian organizations, in calling on all stakeholders to ensure people in Iran have swift, unencumbered, and equitable access to safe, effective, and affordable Covid-19 vaccines.
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