Insiste, Persiste, Resiste, Existe: Women Human Rights Defenders’ Security Strategies
All over the world, women defend the rights of individuals and communities facing oppression, discrimination and violence. Their work is powerful, and controversial. And it often meets with bitter, and violent, opposition.
Most women human rights defenders (WHRDs) are well aware of the risks they face. Activists know, from painful experience, the price that many pay for putting their bodies, and their families, on the line.
When it comes to safety, women often prioritise others - their emphasis is most frequently on keeping others safe, not on self-protection. However, it is often within the very same strategies that WHRDs and their organisations use to defend others that we find the most effective and innovative methods that they could utilise to protect themselves.