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Who are women human rights defenders?

Women human rights defenders are broadly defined as women who defend the human rights of all, or individuals of all genders who defend the rights of women. At Global Fund for Women, we support women human rights defenders who challenge violence against women, advance sexual and reproductive health and rights, and seek economic justice for…

News Release: New online campaign launched by Global Fund for Women, JASS, and MADRE highlights women human rights defenders globally

For immediate release NEW ONLINE CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED BY GLOBAL FUND FOR WOMEN, JASS, AND MADRE HIGHLIGHTS WOMEN HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS GLOBALLY With art and calls to action, DefendHer spotlights the risks and successes of women activists September 7, 2016 “I really believe that as someone who has survived and lived through injustice it’s my duty…

Telling HER-story: A Q&A with #DefendHer artist María María Acha-Kutscher

A feminist visual artist, María María Acha-Kutscher’s work tells women’s stories. Through her various projects, including her illustrations for the #DefendHer campaign, María María’s artwork shows the lives of real women who have shaped our world by advocating for a more just and equal society. María María—like Global Fund for Women, JASS, and MADRE—believes art…

Thank You

Thank you for adding your voice to show women human rights defenders around the world that you stand with them as they defend our human rights! Your solidarity makes a difference. We will let you know when your message has been shared directly with women activists and groups featured in DefendHer. Share with your friends…

Alia Almirchaoui

When Alia was 13 years old, her parents died, leaving her in charge of her two brothers. With no way to provide for her family or pay rent, her neighbor pressured her into marrying him so that she and her brothers could continue to live in their home. Her husband soon became abusive. When Alia…

Ana Sandoval

Ana Sandoval hadn’t yet finished high school when she began asking the questions that would lead her to co-found Communities in Peaceful Resistance “La Puya” to oppose a gold mining megaproject in her community. She soon became a leader of an unprecedented movement to defend land and resources, based on non-violent direct action and led…

Azra Causevic

As an activist, trans, and queer person, Azra has experienced discrimination, hate speech, and violence. Her identity as an activist is rooted in a deep sense of justice and responsibility. “I really believe that as someone who has survived and lived through injustice it’s my duty to react and to do right against the injustice,”…

Bai Bibyaon Ligkayan Bigkay

Peace has been an elusive goal in Bai Bibyaon Bigkay’s lifetime, but she has never stopped working for it. For the Manobo leader, there can be no peace without the right to live and work in her ancestral lands in western Mindanao. Bai Bibyaon was born during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines in World…

Honorate Nizigiyimana

As a girl growing up in Burundi, Honorate Nizigiyimana experienced firsthand the disregard toward women’s and girls’ human rights. But instead of accepting this injustice, Honorate was inspired by it to pursue her work as a woman human rights defender. “Even though I am the eldest of my family, I am still considered to be…

Irina Maslova

“At one point in my life I found myself in a challenging economic environment in Russia, and I had a really difficult period of time,” says Irina Maslova, a women human rights defender in Russia. “I know what sex work is from the inside, and I know its different aspects very well.” Irina began her…