Supporting women, protecting rights


Supporting women, protecting rights – How can the EU work to better safeguard the work of WHRDs and integrate an intersectional approach.

About the event

It is particularly important to support human rights defenders at this moment. The space for civil society is shrinking and human rights defenders are facing increasing threats, around the world and also inside the European Union.

Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union gave a good opportunity to bring up the work of human rights defenders and to amplify the support of EU and its Member States for human rights defenders.

In the seminar, the speakers discussed how the EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders could be implemented more effectively; how these guidelines could support women human rights defenders; and what kind of threats women human rights defenders are facing.

The seminar was organized by Amnesty International in cooperation with KIOS Foundation and European Parliament Liaison office.