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Afghanistan enacts National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security

Afghanistan recently became the second Muslim state to launch a National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security. The plan… Read More »

Global call to Obama: Allow U.S. foreign aid for abortion

Nobel Women’s Initiative sent a letter to President Obama this week supporting a joint campaign of more than 55 organizations… Read More »

Burundi crisis threatens women and children

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Women and children, including a large number of unaccompanied children, comprise the majority of the 8 000 people to have… Read More »

Release Narges Mohammadi: Laureates

Six Nobel Laureates have released a statement urging the Iranian government to immediately release woman human rights defender, Narges Mohammadi… Read More »

Women’s Court in former Yugoslavia brings feminist approach to justice

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Women activists from countries of the former Yugoslavia held a Women’s Court from May 7 – 10. Survivors of violence… Read More »

Sister to Sister Update – Alice: Looking forward

Alice joined us in Ottawa for the 2014 Sister-to-Sister Mentorship Program. She completed six weeks of communications and advocacy training… Read More »

openDemocracy Feature – Security is not just CCTV: valuing ourselves is security

Exclusive conference coverage from openDemocracy 50.50: Marion Bowman writes Security is not just CCTV: valuing ourselves is security for our Defending… Read More »

openDemocracy Feature – Iraq’s female citizens: prisoners of war

Exclusive conference coverage from openDemocracy 50.50: Jennifer Allsopp interviews woman human rights defender Yanar Mohammed about grass-roots responses to the… Read More »

openDemocracy Feature – Sabeen Mahmud: “I stand up for what I believe in, but I can’t fight guns”

Exclusive conference coverage from openDemocracy 50.50: In 2010, Karima Bennoune interviewed woman human rights defender Sabeen Mahmud. To honor her… Read More »

openDemocracy Feature – Women human rights defenders: reigniting the embers

Exclusive conference coverage from openDemocracy 50.50: Jennifer Allsopp writes Women human rights defenders: reigniting the embers  for our Defending the Defenders… Read More »

openDemocracy Feature – Mairead Maguire: breaking the silence on Palestine

Exclusive conference coverage from openDemocracy 50.50: Nobel laureate Mairead Maguire writes Breaking the Silence on Palestine  for our Defending the Defenders… Read More »

openDemocracy Feature – Brigid Inder: A tribute to Joan Kagezi

Exclusive conference coverage from openDemocracy 50.50: Brigid Inder writes A tribute to Joan Kagezi: The murder of a human rights… Read More »

Nobel peace laureates call for end to hostilities in Yemen

(Ottawa)—April 28, 2015. The Nobel Women’s Initiative is following with grave concern the horrific events over the past months in… Read More »

openDemocracy Feature – Jody Williams: Defending the Defenders

Exclusive conference coverage from openDemocracy 50.50: Jody Williams writes Defending the Defenders: A daunting challenge  for our Defending the Defenders conference…. Read More »

openDemocracy Feature – Ndana Bofu-Tawamba: At the margins of visibility

Exclusive conference coverage from openDemocracy 50.50: Ndana Bofu-Tawamba writes At the margins of visibility: recognising women human rights defenders for our… Read More »

openDemocracy Feature – Sarah Marland: Women human rights defenders

Exclusive conference coverage from openDemocracy 50.50: Sarah Marland writes Women human rights defenders: Protecting each other for our Defending the Defenders… Read More »

openDemocracy Feature – Melina Laboucan-Massimo: Awaiting justice

Exclusive conference coverage from openDemocracy 50.50: Melina Laboucan-Massimo writes Awaiting justice: Indigenous resistance in the tar sands of Canada for our… Read More »

openDemocracy Feature – Audrey Huntley: “It starts with us”

Exclusive conference coverage from openDemocracy 50.50: Audrey Huntley writes “It starts with us”: Breaking one of Canada’s best kept secrets for… Read More »

3 must-reads on women human rights defenders

To learn more about the wide range of contexts in which women human rights defenders work and the risks they… Read More »

Tweet re-cap: closing plenary

In case you missed it: check out our last day of conference coverage on social media.     [View the… Read More »

Tweet re-cap: Shirin Ebadi keynote

In case you missed it: check out Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi’s keynote address on human rights and Islam.  … Read More »

Tweet re-cap: #DefendingDefenders Panel 2

In case you missed it: check out our second conference panel discussion.   [View the story “Defending the Defenders Panel… Read More »

Tweet re-cap: #DefendingDefenders Panel 1

In case you missed it: check out our first conference panel discussion.   [View the story “Defending the Defenders Panel… Read More »

Tweet re-cap: #DefendingDefenders Opening Plenary

In case you missed it: check out our first day of conference coverage on social media.   [View the story… Read More »

openDemocracy Feature – Leila Alikarami: Iranian women human rights defenders

Exclusive conference coverage from openDemocracy 50.50: Leila Alikarami writes Iranian women human rights defenders: Challenges and opportunities for our Defending the… Read More »