Ten Insights to Strengthen Responses for Women Human Rights Defenders at Risk

Authored by: Inmaculada Barcia and Analia Penchaszadeh

Categories: Statebuilding
Sub-Categories: Democratization and Political Participation, Economic Participation, Economic Recovery, Human Development, Political Transitions
Region: No Region
Year: 2012
Citation: Barcia, Inmaculada and Analia Penchaszadeh. Ten Insights to Strengthen Responses for Women Human Rights Defenders at Risk. Toronto: Association for Women's Rights in Development, 2012.

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The Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition (WHRD IC) was born in 2005 from the necessity to understand and respond to the gendered dimensions of violence against WHRDs, as well as their needs for support both in urgent responses and long-term security. In order to improve protection of WHRDs and responses––including funding––to violence against them, the WHRD IC created an Urgent Responses Working Group, chaired by AWID. This publication was developed by the working group as a result of the WHRD IC’s collaborative efforts, its analysis of the needs of WHRDs, and a review of existing resources and responses. Effective gender-sensitive responses to WHRDs must go beyond ensuring they have access to existing resources; the specific risks that they face and their circumstances in their families and communities demand an approach that is attentive to the realities of WHRDs, which often differ from their male counterparts.