PBI-Canada to host webinar on International Women Human Rights Defenders Day, November 29

Published by Brent Patterson on

Peace Brigades International-Canada will be hosting a webinar on Sunday November 29 to mark International Women Human Rights Defenders Day.

To register for the webinar, please click here.

The webinar will feature:

Tatiana Triana is a member of the Social Corporation for Community Advisory and Training Services (COSPACC) in Colombia that accompanies victims of human rights violations, including the social leaders criminalized by Toronto-based Frontera Energy.

Sophia Sidarous is a Mi’kmaq from the Metepenagiag First Nation in New Brunswick who has been a key organizer of numerous resistance actions in Ottawa (unceded Algonquin territory) in support of the Mi’kmaq, Algonquin, Wet’suwet’en and Secwepemc peoples.

Maryanne Kasina is a writer and the convener of Women in Social Justice Centres movement in Kenya. She is the co-founder of Kayole Community Justice Centre in Nairobi that organizes against gender-based violence and police brutality.

Meera Karunananthan is the Ottawa-based Director of Blue Planet Project, a global initiative aimed at promoting water justice around the world, and a PhD candidate in geography studying feminist urban water justice struggles. She is also a member of the Peace Brigades International-Canada Board of Directors.

United Nations special rapporteurs have highlighted in this statement the significant role played by women human rights defenders, but also the specific and additional risks of threats, attacks and violence they face as women.

In 2019, 465 PBI volunteers from 28 countries supported about 700 women human rights defenders. 70% of PBI volunteers in 2019 were women.

International Women Human Rights Defenders Day started in 2005 at the First International Consultation on Women Human Rights Defenders in Sri Lanka.

To register for this webinar, please click here.


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