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Urgent Responses For Women Human Rights Defenders At Risk: Mapping And Preliminary Assessment

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Urgent Responses presents the responses offered by a broad range of human rights organizations operating at different levels—international, regional and national—as well as groups with differing thematic priorities, including those working on women’s rights, human rights and sexual orientation. After a brief overview of violence that WHRDs face, Urgent Responses outlines the different types of responses that are available – from urgent appeals to temporary relocation, from engaging with international institutions to stress management and medical assistance. In order to help WHRDs identify the resources and tools available, a main component of “Urgent Responses” is a ta ble that provides an overview of the organizations interviewed and the responses that exist, followed by details of each of the participating organizations’ work, organized by the type of responses reviewed.

This handy resource exists as a publication that you can download or request to have mailed to you, and as an online tool that you can navigate to learn about the different organizations interviewed and thetypes of responses they offer. It is currently available in English and will soon be published in Spanish, French and Arabic. Go to to view it online or download it as a PDF, or email [email protected] to request a printed copy.

This publication is part of a new series that AWID is producing with the WHRD International Coalition. The aims of the WHRD series is to increase awareness of resources that exist to support and defend WHRDs and to ensure that women’s rights activists around the world have the necessary information to easily access these resources. Go to to view or download other publications in the series.