The resolution for the protection of women human rights defenders is to be discussed in the next 24 hours. This is the first time a resolution on the situation and significance of women human rights defenders has been put on the table. So, we have some hours to make more noise about the importance of the resolution and name the States that are not co-sponsoring or the ones who are silent against the attacks to the spirit of the resolution. Also why not congratulate the ones that have and ask them why supporting the resolution is important!
There is less than a week before the draft resolution will come up for adoption.
The following States have co-sponsored the resolution so far:
Armenia, Argentina, Australia, Canada, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, EU, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Uruguay, Jordan, Lebanon, Vanuatu, Bosnia Herzegovina, Albania, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, USA, New Zealand.
But push back continues on several aspects of the text, including:
the inclusion of references to gender
explicit reference to WHRDs working to promote sexual and reproductive health, reproductive rights and matters related to sexuality
several States are pushing for the inclusion of more references to the 'responsibilities' of human rights defenders.
Over 70 African civil society organisations have signed an open letter to the Africa Group urging them to support all aspects of the resolution
We need to keep urging States to support the resolution!