Women HRDs

Regional Situation

Women human rights defenders (WHRDs) are confronted with the same challenges as any defender, but are made particularly vulnerable due to the myriad of gender-specific risks they also face. Throughout the East and Horn of Africa, sexual violence has been used to attack WHRDs and, at times, their families become a target for threats and harassment. Often challenging existing cultural norms and stereotypes through their work, WHRDs also face heightened isolation or rejection by their communities.

Latest News

DefendDefenders call for applications for the new round of DOC-IT Program in Uganda

Do you want to boost your impact on the web?  DefendDefenders is pleased to announce a new year of our DOC-IT program. We invite applications from Ugandan human rights organisations that are seeking to boost their impact through data analysis, visualisation skills, and web-driven campaigning....

31 January 2019
Announcing Safe Sister: The women’s digital safety fellowship for East Africa

Join the community of Safe Sisters! We are pleased to announce the 3rd round of our women’s digital safety fellowship program starting March 2019. Two years ago, we started the work of building a community of tech-savvy East African women ready to stand up and...

23 January 2019
Defender of the month: Eulalie Nibizi

Eulalie Nibizi is a Burundian human rights defender (HRD) living in exile in Uganda, and since 2017 has been the Coordinator of the Coalition Burundaise des Défenseurs des Droits de l’Homme (CBDDH). The CBDDH was founded in 2009 to promote civic and democratic space in...

3 October 2018


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2015: Burundi at a turning point

DefendDefenders details extensively how the relationship between civil society and Burundian state authorities dramatically deteriorated ahead of the April 2015 Presidential elections.

2 February 2015
Human Rights Defenders: A key to fighting sexual violence in African conflicts.

A briefing paper by DefendDefenders outlining the pivotal role of human rights defenders in advocating for justice, accountability, and the rights of victims of sexual violence.

9 June 2014
South Sudan: Report Highlights Persistent Pattern of Attacks against Human Rights Defenders

Human rights defenders in South Sudan are facing increasingly grave risks in undertaking human rights monitoring and reporting, finds a new report published today by the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP). The report, entitled “Change will not come until we...

9 December 2013