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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.