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The status of women human rights defenders in Syria

Tuesday 13 December 2016, by siawi3


Posted on December 8, 2016 by admin
Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition

WHRDs are being attacked for both their work and their gender identity. WHRDs generally focuses on human rights, and in being in the public sphere. They are seen as defying social norms and threatening social structures. By challenging women’s roles, entering male-dominated spheres and standing against all kinds of human rights violations, women are being attacked by both state and non-state actors. They can be targeted by the regime; but they are also targeted by religious extremists for “promoting Western values,” for example. Women additionally run the risk of being pressured by their families and communities to cease their work as human rights defenders in the public sphere.

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