Can there be peace and security without women human rights defenders? 


Tuesday 12 March 2019

10:00 - 11:15 am

CR12, UNHQ, New York

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Women human rights defenders dedicate their lives to challenging inequalities and violations that can lead to and occur during conflict. At this event, women human rights defenders from three conflict and post-conflict contexts will make the case that sustaining peace is not possible without those that defend rights.  

Opening remarks: 

  • Dag-Inge Ulstein, Minister of International Development, Norway
  • Ambassador Gustavo Meza-Cuadra, Permanent Representative of Peru to the UN
  • Representative of Cote d’Ivoire (tbc)

Civil society speakers: 

  • Diana María Salcedo Lopez, LIMPAL, Colombia 
  • Gistam Sakaeva, Doveriye Trust, Chechnya
  • Safa Al Ahmad, journalist and filmmaker, on Yemen 

Intervention from:  Ivana RadačIć, Chair of the Working Group on Discrimination in Law and Practice

Closing remarks:  Ambassador Karen Pierce, Permanent Representative of the UK to the UN

In attendance: Her Royal Highness Countess of Wessex


We're hoping to have a lively debate, please join us!  

You'll need a UN or CSW pass to attend.


Follow the discussion on Twitter: #CSW63 #WHRDsworkforpeace

Photo: UN Photo / Eric Kanalstein