How is the internet being used to improve people's lives? APC sends you news stories, resources and info about what we are doing twice a month.

Everyone has rights, including online. APC documents trends, advocates for freedom of expression/information & trains human rights defenders to use the internet securely.

APC is working with partners to contribute to the effective, secure and safe use of the internet by women’s human rights defenders in their work.

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Violence is not our Culture Campaign  Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition

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  • 30 October 2012

    With the words “I’m with the uprising of women in the Arab world…” hundreds of people have been flooding a Facebook page with pictures of themselves holding up a sign that states WHY they support the uprising of women in the Arab world.

    Like hundreds of young women and men all across the Arab world and beyond, Dana Bakdounis, posted her photo to the online campaign, The Uprising of Women in the Arab World’s Facebook page....
  • 29 October 2012

    Last February women and men stood shoulder to shoulder in Tahrir Square to call for an end to Hosni Mubarak’s dictatorship. These women had many motivations, but among them was the hope that their lives, and the lives of all Egyptian women, would be better under democratic leadership.

    And yet in the months after Mubarak’s resignation, the repression continued, this time at the hands of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF). Not only were women...

  • 25 October 2012

    “What does it mean to call a country democratic when government critics are exiled and branded terrorists? Who decides what is patriotic and what is not? Whose voices are actually being heard? Whose rights are really being protected?” — Sunila Abeysekera, Prominent Sri Lankan Human Rights Activist.


  • 26 October 2012

    One of the first steps to addressing violence against women is documenting that there is a problem. This is as true online as it is offline. APC’s Connect Your Rights! Campaign has conducted a survey of 40 women human rights defenders (WHRDs) from across Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa and Asia, on their online experiences, their security concerns and their training needs. This is an important step towards developing long-term strategies, responses and policy...

  • 1 October 2012

    The Journal of Human Rights Practice hosts a special issue on the protection of human rights defenders As a part of the research CAHR conducts on human rights defenders, a special issue on HRDs will be published in the Journal of Human Rights Practice in November 2013. The editors will accept abstract submissions in English, Arabic. The deadline for abstracts is on 1 November 2012.

  • 28 August 2012

    The Women Human Rights Defenders program at Nazra for Feminist Studies is launching its manual on Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs). Rather than translate into Arabic manuals that have been produced by other organizations, the WHRD program opted to produce it’s a manual that is especially tailored to the Egyptian context. The manual includes sections on Egyptian legislation and military verdicts that are used to constrain public action;...

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  • 20 August 2012

    Sudanese Women Human rights defenders Project, is an initiative aimed at advocating Sudanese WHRD’S , and highlight their brave struggle to promote and empower human rights in one of the world most hostile environment against human rights advocates . the Sudanese government is long term leader of brutal war against its own peoples on racial and ethnic basics , which led to secession of the country on July 2011 , when South Sudanese declared their ” independence ” from Sudan , after 5 years...

  • 1 August 2012
  • 11 July 2012

    Ms. Farida Afridi, a woman human rights defender was ambushed and shot dead outside her residence in Hayatabad, Khyber Agency on July 4th. It is evident from news reports that she was killed because she was a woman human rights defender associated with a non-government organization working for the welfare of tribal women.
    This is not the first killing of a human rights defender in the tribal area and it sends a chilling message to the whole community of civil society organizations...