Global Report on the Situation of Women Human Rights Defenders

Authored by: Kaavya Asoka

Categories: Human Rights
Sub-Categories: National Security Forces and Armed Groups, Nonviolent Resistance, Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), Violent Extremism
Region: No Region
Year: 2012
Citation: Asoka, Kaavya. Global Report on the Situation of Women Human Rights Defenders. Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, 2012.

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Executive Summary

The Global Report examines contexts in which the work of WHRDs is informed by five key phenomena—fundamentalisms; militarization and situations of conflict; globalization; crises of democracy or governance; and heteronormativity. Each context and its relation to underlying patriarchal and heteronormative discourses are explored through analysis and case studies. However, it is also clear that the division of experiences into separate contexts is arbitrary as more-often there is considerable interplay between contexts. In conclusion, theWRHD International Coalition finds that it is imperative to improve the under-developed documentation to systematically track cases of WHRDs. From the experience of producing the Global Report, as well as the observations of the WHRD International Coalition over the past six years, it is clear that reliable quantitative information regarding WHRDs and the contexts in which they work, is rarely available. Given that the protection of WHRDs, along with all human rights defenders, is enshrined in the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders and the fundamental freedoms guaranteed under international human rights law, they cannot remain invisible.