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Defending Women - Defending Rights

29. August 2018 - 29. August 2018 Beginn: 13:00
Haus der Europäischen Union Wipplingerstraße 35, 1010 Vienna

Women Human Rights Defenders’ Perspectives and Challenges

Experts’ Seminar (Panel Discussion) - In cooperation with: Haus der Europäischen Union. Veranstaltung in englischer Sprache.

This event takes place one day before the informal EU Foreign Affairs Council meeting - the Gymnich meeting - in Vienna.

2018 marks a special anniversary year for human rights defenders

  • 70 years of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,
  • 20 years of the Human Rights Defenders Declaration and
  • 10 years of the revised EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders.

Yet today, looking at current developments across the world, space for civil society is shrinking. Human rights defenders are working under increasingly difficult conditions and face unprecedented levels of persecution, intimidation and violence.

Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) are both women who defend the human rights of all and individuals of all genders who defend the rights of women. The abuses they face are numerous: discrimination, including sexual violence, threats, harassment and defamation campaigns based on their gender.

The seminar will bring together WHRDs from different regions of the world. They will discuss with civil society, government and EU officials those current challenges and explore ways in which the EU and its member states can promote a safe and enabling environment for WHRDs.

Programme overview

13:00-14:00 Registration (Networking light lunch)


Opening Remarks
Georg Pfeifer, Head Liaison Office of the European Parliament in Austria
Annemarie Schlack, Section Director, Amnesty International Austria

Introductory Note
Karin Kneissl, Federal Minster of Foreign Affairs, Austria
Marty Huber, Queer Base, Austria

14:30-16:00 Panel 1 Specific contexts and obstacles faced by WHRD
Maria Teresa Rivera, Campaigner for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, El Salvador
Klementyna Suchanow, Women on Strike Movement, Poland
Kania Mamonto, Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR), Indonesia
Wangui Kimari, Mathare Social Justice, Kenya

16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

16:30-18:00 Panel 2 Protection and Empowerment
EEAS Representative (tbc)
Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders
Majdoleen al Hassan, Human Rights Lawyer, Member of the Women's Advisory Council to, Syria
Evdokia Romanova, Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights, Russia


18:00-18:15 Concluding Remarks

Open End

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