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Over a dozen global organisations, including APC, have created a historical document containing urgent measures for the protection of women human rights defenders (WHRDs).

The document was launched in Mexico City on 30 March 2021 at the Generation Equality Forum convened by UN Women. It calls on states, as well as relevant intergovernmental mechanisms and donors, to immediately adopt a series of steps to ensure holistic protection of WHRDs.

Among others, the demands voiced include:

  • An end to the killing of WHRDs.

  • The recognition of WHRDs and an end to stigmatisation and hate campaigns against WHRDs.

  • Freedom for WHRDs who are political prisoners and an end to the criminalisation and repression of protest.

  • Protection for WHRDs who migrate, seek asylum, and suffer from forced displacement.

  • That corporate actors stop dispossessing communities and killing and attacking WHRDs who defend environmental justice, land and territory.

  • Abundant, predictable and flexible resources for the holistic protection of WHRDs.

Read the full document here.