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Human Rights Defenders & Democratic Space


Human Rights Defenders work for the promotion and protection of civil and political rights as well as the promotion, protection and realization of economic, social and cultural rights. Due to their work, they are subject to judicial and other harassment by officials, which use national security and other arbitrary grounds to criminalize their activities. We use advocacy to amplify the voices of human rights defenders at the regional and international levels, bringing their work to the attention of the public and the international community.

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"Women Human Rights Defenders: Fighting for Freedom & Democracy"
NGO CSW 65 Parallel Event
March 17, 2021


On March 17, 2021, during the first week of the 65th session of the Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65),  Human Rights Now-NY hosted an online event titled "Women Human Rights Defenders in Asia: Fighting for Freedom & Democracy." 

The event aimed to highlight the activities of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in the Asia region and the challenges they face. Due to their work, they are susceptible to discrimination and violence, and often become the target of intimidation and reprisals by authorities. The event featured several prominent WHRDs across Asia who have risked their lives to defend freedom and democracy, the very foundation of human rights and gender equality. Speakers also highlighted the importance of empowering women, girls and youth in order to build a society where full participation in public life is guaranteed to all. 

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