Recommendations to Enhance the Protection and Security of WHRDs was produced by the Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) as part of its work as Chair of the Urgent Responses Working Group (URWG) for WHRDs at Risk of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition. It was edited by Inmaculada Barcia and is the result of a participatory consultation based on the convictions, proposals and demands of a group of Women Human Rights Defenders from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East who defend a range of human rights, including women’s rights.

These recommendations are intended to support WHRDs’ advocacy efforts to lobby States, regional and international human rights protection mechanisms, international cooperation agencies and donors, and national and transnational corporations, to contribute to the development of an enabling environment free from violence to ensure that WHRDs can carry out their work defending human rights.

URWG Membership for 2013:
• Association of Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)
• Amnesty International
• World Organisation against Torture (OIT)
• Front Line Defenders
• Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR)
• Peace Brigades International (PBI)
• Association for Progressive Communications (APC)
• The Urgent Action Fund (UAF)

The Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) and the authors would like to express its gratitude to all members of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition and especially all the WHRDs who participated in the Consultation meeting held in Mexico City, in June 2013, who provided valuable input for this publication.

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AWID is an international feminist, membership organisation committed to achieving gender equality, sustainable development and women’s human rights. AWID’s mission is to strengthen the voice, impact, and influence of women’s rights advocates, organisations, and movements internationally to effectively advance the rights of women.

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