Portraits of women human rights defenders
This exhibition features portraits of 18 women human rights defenders in the Human Rights House Network. It acknowledges the vital role that women play locally, nationally and internationally in protecting and promoting human rights.
Women human rights defenders challenge gender inequality and stereotypes, advance sexual and reproductive rights, and promote women’s empowerment and participation in society. They often challenge religious and cultural norms and patriarchal attitudes that subordinate, stigmatize or restrict women.
Because of this, women defenders worldwide often face additional threats, violations, and abuse that male defenders may not - from smear campaigns to sexual and gender-based violence. The photographers in this exhibition use their portraits to convey the wisdom, courage and defiance of prominent women defenders. It is a visual journey through the challenging work they do, often unprotected, frequently unvalued by the authorities or their society.
On the occasion of the International Day of Women Human Rights Defenders, 29 November 2014, HRHN launched its Exhibition on-line here.
Ressources on women human rights defenders:
- Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition
- Recommendations to enhance the protection and security women human rights defenders
- ”Our right to safety” – Report assessing the various mechanisms that have been developed to provide protection to women human rights defenders at risk (2014)
- Women human rights defenders on the website of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
- Report on women human rights defenders of the United Nations Special Rapporteur Margaret Sekaggya (décembre 2010)
Women human rights defenders:
Women human rights defenders are:
- Women of all ages who engage in the defence of all human rights;
- All people who engage in the defence of the rights of women and those related to gender play.