Support WHRDs, Protect Civic Space
Campaign in Observance of International Women’s Day
The space for civic engagement has been shrinking around the globe. Across much of North Africa and West Asia, civic space has become extremely limited and activism has become increasingly dangerous and at times deadly. Human rights defenders are targeted by the State and non-state actors, and their ability to organize and establish organizations is severely restricted. These restrictions impact women differently and often more severely. While WHRDs and their organizations are targeted, in many countries legislation is being introduced to push back women’s hard won gains as well.
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.
The co-sponsors of the Campaign are: Alternative Links for Training and Development, FEMENA, Open Asia Foundation, Reporters without Borders, Virtual Activism, Women Living Under Muslim Laws