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Women defenders against gender-based violence

We stand with Alice, Minal, Juvie, Mona, women journalists, women artists, women rights defenders and all women human rights defenders in their fight to eliminate violence against women.⁠

In observance of the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women, Justice & Peace stands resolute in its commitment to fostering just societies. This day serves as a poignant reminder of the pervasiveness of this global issue and demands collective action and support for survivors and advocates.

In amplifying the voices of those dedicated to dismantling the structures that perpetuate gender-based discrimination, we invite you to delve into the work of five human rights defenders. Recognising the complex web of social identities and experiences, it is important to underscore the critical role of intersecting factors that shape the unique challenges faced by women across diverse backgrounds. The stories of Alice, Minal, Juvie, and Mona examine the issue through intersectional lenses, allowing for a more comprehensive understanding of the multifaceted nature of violence against women.

Alice, on the frontlines of a high-risk profession in the DRC

Alice is a journalist, human rights defender from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), and former Shelter City guest. Her powerful blog post stresses the vital role of press freedom in breaking the silence on gender-based violence while reporting on human rights in the face of adversity in the DRC.⁠ Alice’s blog echoes the strength of countless women standing against gender-based violence.

Read Alice's change maker blog

Minal, using art as a medium of inspiring change

Minal Naomi is an artist, human rights defender from Sri Lanka, and former resident of the Artists’ Safe Haven initiative. Drawing upon her work which centres on female empowerment and women’s rights, Minal sheds light on gender-based violence in Sri Lanka and beyond.

Learn about Minal's work

Mona, envisioning women at the forefront of social change

Mona, a former Shelter City guest, advocates for democracy, civil rights, and environmental justice through a non-violent movement in South America. Working with different communities of women, she observes the power within womanhood.

Read Mona's change maker blog

Juvie, turning her passion for human rights protection into power

Juvie is dedicated to shedding light on human rights violations in the Philippines, particularly by confronting issues such as the war on drugs, extrajudicial killings, and the climate crisis. Recounting her experience as a human rights defender, she draws attention to the vulnerabilities women face in times of war and environmental stress. Juvie is a former guest of the Shelter City initiative.

The fight to eliminate violence against women cannot be a singular event but a continuous, collective journey. Together, we can pave the way for a future where the inherent dignity and rights of every woman are upheld and protected.