(The Hague)—April 24, 2015. A gathering of 120 women—including Nobel peace laureates and frontline activists from the Middle East, Africa and Central America—will be in the Hague this week to discuss how the international community can protect women human rights defenders across the globe.
“Women activists are on the front lines of some of the globe’s most pressing conflicts,” says Jody Williams, Nobel peace laureate (USA) and chair of the Nobel Women’s Initiative. “These women play an essential role in pushing back against those wishing to repress basic human democratic rights.”
Williams will be joined at the conference by sister Nobel peace laureates Shirin Ebadi (Iran), Mairead Maguire (Northern Ireland) and Leymah Gbowee (Liberia), as well as globally-known human rights experts.
Women human rights defenders are targeted for a wide range of violence around the world—from verbal harassment to systematic rape, torture and assassinations. Often these women are targeted for violence because they are defying traditional gender roles and represent a threat to the “status quo”.
Among those at highest risk are women resisting mining and environmental destruction in their communities and women facing new threats from extremist groups such as ISIS.
Notes to journalists/editors:
- The opening of the conference on Friday, April 24, from 17:00 to 19:00 is open to journalists.
- Interviews with Nobel peace laureates and other experts from the conference are also available.
To register for the opening, interview opportunities or more information please contact:
020-5205280 or 06 to 54,975,955
Communications Director, Nobel Women’s Initiative