We all need to protect women human rights defenders

Last updated: 2/11/2014 // -We all have a responsibility in protecting women human right defenders, urged Iselin Hebbert Larsen, First Secretary at Norway’s Mission to the UN at the United Nations Association`s Members day on 7 February. Norway initiated a landmark resolution on protection of women human rights defenders this fall, which was adopted by consensus by the member states. – Now, words must be followed by action, said Larsen.

Together with Philippe Bolopion (Human Rights Watch) and Charles Radcliffe (UN OHCHR) she encouraged more action taken towards human right violations in general, and especially for women human rights defenders. Women are even more vulnerable to violence and abuse than their male counterparts. Larsen emphasized how women human right defenders are in great need of protection.

– What these women have in common, besides courage, is the fact that their work put them at extraordinary risk. My key message to the audience must be that the world needs to go from words to action, she said.

The event took place at the UN headquarters in New York February 7th and was a part of the UNA-USA Members' Day  6th Annual Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference:  "Building Peace in an Age of Upheaval".


Read more about the resolution on Women Human Right Defenders


See more pictures from the Members`day event


Read more about the UNA USA Members` Day initiative


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