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Front Line Defenders

The Annual Front Line Defenders Lecture 2017


Front Line Defenders, Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin are delighted to be co-hosting Hauwa Ibrahim at this year’s Front Line Defenders Annual Lecture. Hauwa will introduce her current work "Mothers Without Borders: Steering Youth Away from Violent Extremism" and will also take questions about her work as a prosecutor, defense lawyer and human rights defender.

A well-respected lawyer and author, Hauwa is best known for her work using Sharia Law to defend women convicted unjustly under the Sharia legal system. In 2005, she was honoured with the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. She has been a visiting professor in several countries and is currently teaching and conducting research at Harvard University.

Hauwa will speak at the Royal Irish Academy on 27 March at 6:30 PM.

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IWD - Thwe Thwe

Bringing change, bringing hope

Across the world, women human rights defenders (WHRDs) are taking bold action to bringing about radical changes in their communities. They face immense risks to make their voices heard, to defy oppressive governments, to struggle for justice, and to resist racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and all forms of oppressions. On International Women’s Day, we honour their struggle and their resistance. 

To mark International Women's Day, read and share the inspiring stories of 10 women human rights defenders and join our campaign.

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HRD Memorial Launch in Dublin
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In April 2015 Front Line Defenders and Verso Books published La Lucha: The Story of Lucha Castro and Human Rights in Mexico - the first book in a series of nonfiction graphic novels. La Lucha features the real life stories of women human rights defenders (WHRDs) in northern Mexico who confront lethal challenges in order to promote human rights, justice and accountability.