MADRE Statements

Stop Violence against Women Human Rights Defenders

Posted on: Thursday, September 8, 2011

Keywords: Women Human Rights Defenders, Combating Violence Against Women, Afghanistan, Iraq

One decade after the US government used women's rights as justification for the invasion, Afghanistan remains the most dangerous place on earth to be a woman. Those who fight for change are attacked – even assassinated by ultra-conservatives. Each woman who is killed is meant to serve as a warning to any other woman who dares to stand up for her rights. Still, activists like those who help operate MADRE's underground network continue to find the courage to do just that. That is why MADRE works, in Afghanistan and worldwide, to enable women who are threatened with violence to escape to safety.

To learn more about what it means to be a women human rights defender in Afghanistan and around the world, please visit the resources below.

MADRE Projects

The Afghan Women’s Survival Fund

The Underground Railroad for Iraqi Women

MADRE Resources

Pressing Reset on the Afghanistan Debate: Toward Ending the War and Upholding Women's Rights

Letter to the New York Times on Afghan Women's Shelters

STANDING UP FOR AFGHAN WOMEN: The Afghan Women's Survival Fund

Other Resources

"Addressing Gaps in the Defense of Women Human Rights Defenders," Center for Women's Global Leadership (2011)

"Urgent Responses for Women Human Rights Defenders at Risk," Association for Women's Rights in Development (June 2011)

"Afghan Women Most Imperiled, Report Finds," NY Times (June 15, 2011)

"Protecting Women Human Rights Defenders," Foreign Policy in Focus (March 9, 2011)

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