Lucy Talgieh, is a Palestinian woman human rights defender and peace activist. She is also a council member for the City of Bethlehem, where she lives and works. FEMENA's Director, Sussan Tahmasebi, talked with Lucy about the situation in Palestine, following the deadly violence that erupted after Israeli settlers attempted to forcibly remove Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah from their homes.
Women of Afghanistan Demand a Just Peace that Guarantees the Rights of all People
Over 1200 Afghan and Iranian women and civil society activists have signed a statement demanding an immediate cease fire as well as protections for Afghan civilians. This statement which has been signed by many leading women human rights defenders in both countries emphasizes that the women of Afghanistan are equal citizens and goes on to demand that the protection of women’s rights be a prerequisite to any future peace talks.
Women and Iran’s Presidential Elections: What Role Will They Play?
This panel discussion, hosted by the Middle East Institute, examined the role of women in the lead up to Iran's presidential elections on June 18, 2021
FEMENA is extremely concerned about the situation in Afghanistan. We are working to support Afghan WHRDs, their organizations and the women's movement, through a variety of means, including by amplifying their voices and perspectives. We do this, in partnership with our WHRD advisors from Afghanistan and our partners. We stand in solidarity with all those who continue to fight for rights, peace and justice in Afghanistan.
Against All Odds – Iranian Women Will Continue to Push for Change
The outgoing president failed to deliver on his bold promises to improve women’s rights, and the next government is also unlikely to advance legal reforms or social and economic opportunities. But women in Iran will nevertheless fight for improved rights and more equality.
FEMENA's Director, Sussan Tahmasebi, contributed to POMED's Expert Q & A -Beyond Rhetoric: How Should the Biden Administration Support Human Rights and Democracy in the Middle East and North Africa?
The Biden administration has made support for human rights and democracy around the world a prominent rhetorical focus of its foreign policy.
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.
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. Available in Arabic, English and Farsi.
FEMENA is committed to promote greater understanding and commitment to concepts of self-care, wellbeing and integrated security, through our social media campaign, educational and training activities, discussions with experts and activists and development and compilation of resources, working with individual WHRDs and their organizations and movements in MENA.
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