Mapping of resources for women human rights defenders

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June 2011
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AWID and the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition reviewed a broad range of urgent responses available to women human rights defenders Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) at risk around the world. This report describes the types of resources and strategies available to respond to urgent situations of violence against WHRDs as well as some of the organizations that offer them.

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Urgent Responses” presents the tools used by a broad range of human rights organizations to support WHRDs respond to the risks they face. The organizations interviewed for this report operate at different levels—international, regional and national—as well as groups with differing thematic priorities, including those working on women’s rights, human rights, and sexual rights. After a brief overview of the risks that WHRDs face, “Urgent Responses” outlines the different types of responses that are available – from urgent appeals to temporary relocation, from engaging with international institutions to stress management and medical assistance. In order to help WHRDs identify the resources and tools available a quick reference table provides an overview of the responses that exist and the organizations that offer these services followed by detailed information on each response.

This publication is part of a new series that AWID is producing with the WHRD International Coalition. The aims of the WHRD series is to increase awareness of resources that exist to support and defend WHRDs and to ensure that women’s rights activists around the world have the necessary information to easily access these resources.