Women human rights defenders (WHRD), activists advocating for lgbtiq+ rights and women’s rights face resistance which is linked to gendered power relations, patriarchal and conservative values, misogyny, prejudice and taboos. The problem is global and the restrictions and harassment they experience are linked to traditional ideas of gender norms and perceptions about how women should behave. The challenges of a shrinking civic space often come on top of challenges of understaffed and underfunded lgbtiq+ and feminist activist organisations that need to find creative ways to move forward. To discuss these issues, we have invited:
- Azza Soliman, WHRD, Egypt – by video
- Maryam Al-Khawaja, WHRD, Bahrain, vice chair of the board of directors Urgent Action Fund
- Susanne Branner, project manager, LGBT Denmark –lgbtiq+, activist with experience from Uganda, Tanzania
- Helle Jacobsen, project manager gender, Amnesty International, experience from research and working with lgbti rights and women’s rights globally as well as in Denmark.
- Henriette Laursen, director, KVINFO
Moderator: Lene Steffen, international director, KVINFO
The event is a part of a series of events arranged by Global Focus on the shrinking civic spaces around the world.