Women Human Rights Defenders Day: Standing in Solidarity with Women Leaders Against Violence

This opinion piece was written for the global women’s rights in crisis campaign #IMatter to commemorate International Women Human Rights Defenders Day. The campaign aims to build and strengthen an intersectional movement that works with women and girls in crisis and post crisis contexts, recognizing the universality of the struggle’s women experience.

I-Matter campaign graphic.

Women Human Rights Defenders

Women defenders are often the first to be targeted. They face different and added threats than the men who support them, like smear campaigns and sexual assaults. They can face disrepute even within their own societies for not conforming to stereotypes. They are made more vulnerable where they lack organizational support.

These Women Are Leaders

Women activists are not victims without political agency. They are resourceful, independent, assertive, brave and successful.

I-Matter Solidarity Campaign

Oxfam has co-launched an international solidarity campaign called “I-Matter with 17 organizations to demand that women defenders and peace builders are seen, heard and supported.

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Oxfam is a world-wide development organization that mobilizes the power of people against poverty.

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Oxfam is a world-wide development organization that mobilizes the power of people against poverty.