Women Human Rights DefendHer: Standing Together for Justice

Global Fund for Women, JASS (Just Associates), and MADRE have launched Women Human Rights DefendHer: Standing Together for Justice. This online campaign features the stories of 14 incredible women human rights defenders and groups around the world who, despite threats and retaliation, are working to end violence against women; advance LGBTQI rights; protect the planet and the rights of indigenous communities; and more. #DefendHer presents original illustrations of the featured women activists and groups by Peruvian feminist visual artist María María Acha-Kutscher

Visit the official Campaign website.

The risks they face come in many forms, including harassment, smear campaigns, and physical violence-not only to them, but often their families too. They experience burnout as a result of their work, and the vital role they play often goes unrecognized in the public eye. And yet, they refuse to stop their struggle because they believe that our human rights should be protected and respected.

Women human rights defenders play a critical but often invisible role in advancing justice and upending inequality in all its forms,” says Lisa VeneKlasen, Executive Director of JASS (Just Associates). “With growing political extremism and restrictions on civil society groups, they face systematic attacks intended to silence them. Dozens have been killed or jailed for speaking out about sex, for defending rivers, and for exposing corruption. Through DefendHer we’re bringing their critical role and risks to light in hopes that we all stand up in supporting and respecting their safety and voice.

Join us in supporting the DefendHers. Donate to the Women Human Rights Defenders fund to support their work. Send a #DearDefendHer message of support to let these activists know that you stand with them. Read more about other ways you can take action to support the DefendHers. Explore and share their stories. Spread the word and spark conversation about their critical work.

The following women and groups are featured in the DefendHer campaign:

  • Marta Alanis, Campaña Nacional por el Derecho al Aborto Legal, Seguro y Gratuito, Argentina
  • Alia Almirchaoui, Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq, Iraq
  • Khadrah AlSana, Sidreh, Israel
  • Bai Bibyaon, Sabokahan, The Philippines
  • Azra Causevic, LGBTIQA Association Okvir, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Melania Chiponda, Chiadzwa Community Development Trust; WoMin AfricanGender and Extractives Alliance, Zimbabwe
  • Leduvina Guill, Wangki Tangni, Nicaragua
  • Magdalena Kafiar, Papuan Women Solidarity for Human Defender, Indonesia
  • Miriam Miranda, Organización Fraternal Negra Hondureña (OFRANEH), Honduras
  • Irina Maslova, Silver Rose, Russia
  • Honorate Nizigiyimana, DAGROPASS, Burundi
  • Tin Tin Nyo, Burmese Women’s Union, Burma
  • Ana Sandoval, Peaceful Resistance La Puya, Guatemala
  • Group, FUNDEM and Marcha de las Madres, Mexico