“Their courage should give us hope and direction”: Generation Equality Action Coalition on Feminist Movements and Leadership uplifts the contributions and priorities of women human rights defenders
On 29 November, the Action Coalition on Feminist Movements and Leadership, together with UN Women and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, held their first official commemoration of International Women Human Rights Defenders Day to centre the voices and experiences of women human rights defenders and call on the international community to provide them necessary public, political and financial support and protection.
The event took place in the context of the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign, this year being marked under the theme “UNiTE! Activism to end violence against women and girls”. It acknowledged and celebrated the critical role that women human rights defenders play in preventing and responding to violence despite the pushback and risks that they face.
“Women in countries around the world, especially in conflict affected countries and where there are autocratic regimes, are demonstrating that they hold the key to a peaceful future for all of us. It is their courage and their example that should give us hope and direction,” emphasized UN Women Deputy Executive Director, Åsa Regnér, opening the event.
Click here to read the full article published by UN Women on 30 November 2022.