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Middle East & North Africa: Despite Extremist Threats, Women Continue the Fight for Rights & Democracy

Tuesday 19 August 2014, by siawi3

Source: Women Learning Partnership, August 19, 2014
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Dear Friends,

The past several months have been challenging for women human rights defenders – and for all of us who seek a world grounded in the equal human dignity and worth of all individuals. We mourn the terrible loss of life, as our partners in Gaza update us on the appalling impact of the ongoing violence. Each day the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) demonstrates, by their horrifying words and deeds, that women are its primary target for repression. We are seriously concerned for the safety of WLP Mauritania human rights activist Aminetou Mint Moctar, the target of a June fatwa calling for her death, whose security her government shamelessly continues to disregard. We grieve the death of Libya human rights defender Salwa Bugaighis at the hands of extremists in the country that she so courageously fought for.

Despite these alarming developments, we are encouraged and inspired by the tireless – fearless – efforts of grassroots women across the Partnership to create a better and more just and peaceful world. Only by continuing to challenge ideological extremism and to oppose repression by authoritarian governments can we achieve equal human rights and security for all people.Women human rights defenders continue to lead this struggle – and we at WLP must and will continue to support them.

In solidarity,


Mahnaz Afkhami
President and CEO