Tag Archives: Women Human Rights Defenders

Remarkable Women: Stand With Her

Every day more women all over the world are taking action to promote equality, peace and justice. It is these women who, whether they mean to or not, are transforming traditional gender roles and power structures, by dedicating their lives to defending fundamental human rights. Continue reading Remarkable Women: Stand With Her

“Human rights will always be disputed”: Olga Araújo

Olga Araújo is a leader and human rights defender, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Social Research and Action (Asociación para la Investigación y Acción Social NOMADESC), a human rights organisation dedicated to providing advice and support to social, trade union, civic, women’s, indigenous, afro-Colombian and small-scale farming organisations. Continue reading “Human rights will always be disputed”: Olga Araújo

“We have to keep our wits about us and defend health, education and life”: Ninfa Cruz

Ninfa Cruz has been a human rights defender and social leader in Colombia for sixteen (16) years and today she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Social Corporation for Community Advice and Training (Corporación Social para la Asesoría y Capacitación Comunitaria – COS-PACC). Continue reading “We have to keep our wits about us and defend health, education and life”: Ninfa Cruz

“I have been fighting for human rights for 20 years and I don’t feel tired yet”: María Ligia Chaverra

Maria Ligia Chaverra reminds me of a famous French saying from when I was young: petit mais costaud, meaning great things come in small packages. She is a small woman with great strength Continue reading “I have been fighting for human rights for 20 years and I don’t feel tired yet”: María Ligia Chaverra

“In a defender’s life there is a reason for carrying on, a reason for fighting and a reason for living”: Irene Ramirez

“Being a human rights defender for me is made up of two important parts: supporting small-scale farming communities from my own experience as a farmer and being available to report what is happening in the communities. Continue reading “In a defender’s life there is a reason for carrying on, a reason for fighting and a reason for living”: Irene Ramirez