05 Dec 2018

Remembering feminist activists

The Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID) has created an extensive online tribute to women who made vital contributions to the advancement of human rights, and who in doing so faced gender-specific risks.

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Why this story matters:

These are the stories from women from all over the world who gave their lives in struggles for justice, from their right to their own land to their right to their own bodies. 

The gallery offers a thorough insight in the challenges faced by women in activism, but also inspires with countless stories of bravery. Readers can learn about women like Sussex plumber Anna Campbell, who spent her short life defending the marginalized and under-privileged, attending anti-fascist rallies, and offering support to the women of Dale Farm when they were threatened with eviction, or Petite Jasmine, a Swedish sex worker who fought for the right to keep custody of her children. 

The biographies mostly feature women who would normally be snubbed by traditional media -- hence the importance to acquaint ourselves with their lives, to learn from them, and to tell others about them.

Details from the story:

  • The tribute gallery features over 400 global profiles, with roughly 50 new submissions this year.
  • On November 29, International Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) Day, AWID launched its seventh annual tribute to honor and commemorate the legacy of those defenders from around the planet who are no longer with us.
  • Cindy Clark, AWID Co-Executive Director, said: “From teachers and community organizers to legal advocates, politicians and journalists -- among many other roles and occupations -- the lives of many of the WHRDs featured in the Tribute were lost or stolen as a result of their activism. Launching this year’s edition on International WHRD day recognizes the ways in which they face specific violations as a result of their activism and gender identity, as well as celebrating their powerful individual and collective contributions to bringing about a more just world, free of violence and oppression.”
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