Amnesty International spoke to three inspiring women’s rights activists about the challenges they face in their work, the personal risks they endure and their motivation to continue their struggle. Today, on World Human Rights Day, we should take a moment to recognize the work done by Gertrude Hambira from Zimbabwe, Zebo Sharifova from Tajikistan and Aminatou Haidar from Western Sahara, and countless women like them around the world, to defend human rights.
Despite threats and physical abuse women’s human rights defenders strive to improve women’s lives and promote human rights. However, all too often, their work is constrained by limited resources and limited commitment to promoting women’s rights from their governments.
The United Nations is a galvanizing force in setting new international standards and commitments to protect and promote women’s human rights. The UN needs the strength and the capacity to ensure that these commitments are fulfilled. Amnesty is calling on the President of the General Assembly to make the United Nations more effective in realizing women’s rights by creating a strong, UN agency for women. Today, on the final day of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence and World Human Rights Day, take action to increase the UN’s effectiveness in realizing women’s human rights and sign the petition calling for a strong UN agency for women. Take action today in honor of Gertrude, Zebo and Aminatou.