Upstanders for Human Rights
Upstanders for human rights, innovative leaders, vital voices and how to move from talk to action.
Manal al-Sharif is a women’s rights activist from Saudi Arabia and is one of the primary organizers of the Women2Drive campaign. She posted a video a YouTube video of herself, driving, in an act of civil disobedience. In retaliation, the Saudi government detained her on a charge of “disturbing public order" and “inciting public opinion." Following an international media storm, she was released nine days later.
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"I’m reminded of that these days when people ask me why I’m running for Congress. I believe that there are issues we’re facing right now as a nation that are too important for me to not get involved. For example, as a soldier and as a woman, I feel it is my duty and obligation to speak out about the attacks being waged against women’s rights in this country." - Tulsi Gabbard, U.S. Senate candidate in Hawaii bit.ly/zTfWPP
On the anniversary of the uprisings in Tahrir Square, The Global Fund for Women, along with the Arab Cultural and Community Center in San Francisco, California (U.S.), hosted a special evening of analysis and reflection to give insight to the progress for women’s rights during the Arab revolution.
In 1992 Rigoberta Menchú Tum was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her work for the rights of the Maya of Guatemala and native people evereywhere. She was the first Indian ever to receive the award and one of only a handful of women. In 1996 all of Rigoberta’s non-violent work, along with the struggles of so many other activists, helped lead to a peace accord in Guatemala. bit.ly/xHE0rC
In 2003, Dr. Shirin Ebadi, an attorney who became Iran's first woman judge, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts for peace and women's rights in Iran and across the Middle East. She says she has always believed in standing up for justice and to protect those who were the victims of oppression.
Safia Ishaq refused to stay silent, she recorded a video where she told her story and subsequently became the first Sudanese woman to publicly come out and speak about sexual assault by the Security organ. The short video was broadcasted on Girifna’s Youtube channel ten days later. It has attracted over 100,000 views so far.
Mukhtar Mai is a Pakistani victim of honor punishment who refused a life of silence and instead spoke out against her attackers and on behalf of women's rights. She has devoted her life to promoting education, literacy, health, and human rights for women and girls.
"So why focus on Congo? Because even apart from the unacceptable brutality endured by women and the scale — the deadliest conflict since World War II — Congo’s war is an accountability issue for all of us." - Actress and activist Robin Wright ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo")
Zeinab Blandia is a peacemaker and community leader from the Nuba Mountains in Sudan. She has dedicated her life’s work to promoting the empowerment of women and their involvement in peace processes in South Kordofan, one of the word’s most conflict-affected and neglected areas.
"There is a lingering myth that rape is inevitable in times of war. But if sexual violence can be planned, it can be punished; if it can be commanded, it can be condemned." - Margot Wallström is UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on Sexual Violence in Conflict. huff.to/wFQVF4