WHRD-IC “Our Right to Safety: Women Human Rights Defenders’ Holistic Approach to Protection”

This publication assesses the various mechanisms that have been developed to provide protection to WHRDs at risk, including initiatives developed by national governments, and regional and international human rights bodies. While these initiatives are encouraging, WHRDs have expressed concerns about the inadequacy of many measures to address all their needs and a number of compelling questions emerged:

  • Do protection schemes take into account the unequal economic conditions that WHRDs face in most societies and how this increases their vulnerability and their ability to confront risk?
  • Do they take into account the responsibility that many WHRDs have as the primary or sole caregiver in their families?
  • Do protection measures move beyond physical protection and provide psychosocial support and access to other necessary health services?

These are some of the questions that are being explored in this publication, and which have helped develop a more profound understanding of the meaning of gender-sensitive protection measures and the unique security concerns confronting WHRDs.

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