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29 novembre, journée internationale pour les femmes défenseures des droits

Date de publication : 27/11/16
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Journée internationale pour les femmes défenseures des droits
Fondamentalisme et populisme font peser de terribles menaces sur les femmes défenseurs des droits.

Women who step up to defend human rights are facing worsening obstacles amid a global trend of fundamentalism and populism, a group of United Nations rights experts* has warned.

" In the face of rising populism and fundamentalisms and deplorable setbacks on the women’s human rights agenda, we need more than ever to unite our forces to preserve the democratic space in which women human rights defenders represent an essential counter-power and a colossal force of action."

" Many women defenders are not recognized for their leadership and contribution - even in their own organizations, families and communities and have to bear, alone, the burden of domestic care and tasks while seeking time to participate in social or political activities."

They urge all States to ratify and fully implement the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and the milestone 2013 UN General Assembly resolution  on protecting women human rights defenders", which requires Member States to take concrete measures to end gender discrimination.

Signataires ; Alda Facio, Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Working Group on the issue of discrimination against women in law and in practice; Michel Forst, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; and Dubravka Šimonović Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences.

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