All over the world, Women Human Rights Defenders are victims of additional risks and discriminations - often justified on the basis of social norms, custom, religion or tradition – both at the hands of State and non-state actors. Despite the important developments of the last years at the UN and the EU, it is fundamental to continue the path of increased awareness and protection.
Join a wide range of policy actors to provide ideas and recommendations on specific remedies states must take to enable the work of Women Human Rights Defenders and those defending women’s human rights.
9.30: Welcoming remarks by Cristina Gallach, Head of Public Relations at the Council of the EU
9.35: Presentation of Women Human Rights Defenders and their work by Freedom House
• Maha Assabalani, Women Human Rights Defender from Syria
• Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for Human Rights
• Jean-Louis Ville, Head of Unit, European Instrument for Democracy and Human Rights
• Dagmar Schumacher, Brussels Director, UN Women
• Eva Zillén, Senior Adviser, Kvinna till Kvinna
MODERATOR: Claudia de Castro Caldeirinha, Director of Freedom House Brussels
CONCLUSIONS: Eleonora Tafuro, WIIS Brussels Steering Committee member and Junior Researcher at FRIDE
Other important actors will be invited to comment: Women Human Rights Defenders from several countries, including Guissou Jahangiri from Afghanistan, Noorzia Afridi from Pakistan, Almut Rochowanski from Kyrgyzstan, the Working Group of the Council of the EU on Human Rights (COHOM), the EEAS Human Rights Unit, Simone Susskind (candidate to the European Parliament), and several other international NGO’s working on the subject.