International Day of Human Rights Defenders – EL GENERACIONAL

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Today, November 29 is celebrated on International Day of Women Rights Defenders Humans and those who work for them human rights Women’s.

This day is dedicated to women who, individually or collectively, work to make the rights contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and in each and every one of the rules and regulations that develop it.


This International Day of Human Rights Defenders was declared in Colombo (Sri Lanka) in 2005 and it began to be celebrated from on November 29, 2006. It was declared during the First International Consultation of Women Defenders. FIt was built for the purpose of raise awareness and denounce the specific difficulties for women human rights defenders and those who work to defend women’s rights.


The UN approved the Declaration on the Right and Duty of Individuals, Groups and Institutions to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, also, known as the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders. This proclamation was made on December 9, 1998 by the General Assembly, from which, the The United Nations recognized the legitimacy of considering the defenses of human rights as a right in itself and the decisive role of each and every one of the activists to guarantee their protection.

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The problem with this declaration of the International Day is that being a woman and an activist in the defense of human rights is that considerably increases a risk of health, life, in family relationships and in the performance of your work. Being a woman and an activist, according to the specialist from the UN Human Rights Council, diminishes their ability to contribute due to the fear of reprisal they may have for it.

We live in a country where machismo and discrimination against women human rights defenders are indisputable and merely strong against them. Also, women face additional obstacles with systematic discrimination and inequality, simply because they challenge patriarchal power and social norms.

Unfortunately, this statement only makes these wonderful women recognized in the world to this day, when this should happen each and every day. 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.

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Martin Luther King the human rights activist in the United States. | Source: pixels


A advocate of human rights can be seen as an indigenous woman who fights for the rights of her community, a woman who works against torture in her country, a woman activist for LGBTTI rights, etc. Each and every one of the women who fight for rights, whether collective at the global level or at the regional or community level, is a woman activist and defender of human rights.

This day is recognized for each and every one of the women who, no matter how small, fight for equal rights in a community or country. And, also for all those people, who can also be men, who fight for equality and rights of a social nature.

Although this world is discriminatory, we remember the people who once raised their voices against this discrimination, violence and inequality.

Among many, we highlight Rigoberta Menchu who received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1992 because she focused on defending women’s rights in her native Guatemala. Already athena demi who still defends, from prison, human rights and their freedom. She was imprisoned more than 7 years ago after defending the death penalty and human rights in numerous protests. Martin Luther King He was recognized for being a great human rights activist.

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International Day of Human Rights Defenders – EL GENERACIONAL