Most of the 28 finalists, and 9 of the 13 prize winners were women. These figures reflect the high proportion of women participating in youth literary activities among Afghans in Iran, a reflection of Afghan women’s demand to have their voices heard.
The 2005 campaign theme emphasizes the connections between women’s human rights, violence against women and women’s health, and the detrimental consequences violence against women has on the well-being of the world as a whole.
Taking place from 29 November–2 December 2005, it will bring together WHRDs from different countries worldwide. Its aim is to bring attention to the need for special protection of WHRDs and other human rights activists defending the rights of women.