WLUML networkers champion women’s rights the 26th Session of the Human Rights Council
Eight WLUML networkers from Sudan, Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria headed to Geneva this month to take part in the two-week Human Rights Defenders Advocacy Programme hosted by the International Service for Human Rights. Under the Women’s Empowerment and Leadership Development for Democratisation (WELDD) programme, WLUML sent their networkers to join 12 other participants from around the world working on diverse issues such as indigenous and environmental rights, corporate responsibility, and LGBTI rights.
The fortnight started with intensive training on engagement with UN mechanisms, before participants attending the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council in the UN Headquarters. Participants spent the final days of the fortnight in meetings they had arranged with UN officials, during which they lobbied on the human rights situations in their respective countries. For the WLUML participants, this was an important opportunity to put forward the pressing issues facing women’s rights in their contexts – an opportunity they grasped with both hands!
The HRDAP group outside the United Nations. Image Credit: ISHR
Participants in session at HRDAP training. Image credit: ISHR