UN Resolution on WHRDs (A/RES/68/181)

On November 27th, 2013, at the end of the United Nations General Assembly Third Committee, for the first time, a resolution on women human rights defenders entitled ‘Promotion of the Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms: Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders was adopted.

The resolution, introduced by Norway and co-sponsored by 35 countries, recognizes the specific risks, discrimination and violence women human rights defenders (WHRDs) face. This historical document urges States to put in place concrete gender-sensitive policies and programmes for the protection of women human rights defenders and to ensure their effective participation in the design and implementation of measures geared towards their protection. Furthermore, the resolution calls on States to ensure protection of women human rights defenders from intimidation or reprisals as result of cooperating with international institutions and unhindered access to and communications with regional and international human rights mechanisms.

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