Supporting the Protection & Participation of Women Human Rights Defenders from Conflict and Crisis-Affected Countries

The WPHF Funding Window for WHRDs

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Together with its UN and INGO partners – in close collaboration with Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRDs) from conflict and crisis-affected countries – the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund has launched a funding window to support the protection and enhance the safe participation of WHRDs in peacebuilding efforts across the globe.

The WPHF Funding Window for WHRDs provides – in partnership with non-governmental organizations – rapid, flexible funding and direct logistical support to WHRDs from crisis and conflict-affected areas, working at community, national, regional and/or international levels.

Women Human Rights Defenders supported through this window include women or those who identify as women who individually or in association / coalition with others, formally or informally, act to promote or protect human rights, including women’s rights, in a peaceful manner, at the local, national, regional, and international level in conflict and crisis affected contexts. 

*As per the definition of human rights defenders of the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner and Based on the UN Special Rapporteur Reports about human rights defenders A/HRC/16/44 (2010) para 30 and A/HRC/40/60 (2019), para 12 and UN General Assembly resolution 68/181 (2013). 

The WPHF Funding Window for Women Human Rights Defenders provides support to WHRDs through two funding streams:

  1. Advocacy Support (through direct logistical assistance): to arrange and cover for logistical expenses (transportation, visa fees, accommodation, translation, daily subsistence allowance, accessibility for WHRDs with disability) to participate in, either individually or as a delegation, a meeting, event or decision-making process, at the national, regional or international level, which contributes to advancing human rights and peace.
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    Advocacy Support Stream: Now Open

  2. Safety Net (through flexible fundingUp to a maximum of US $10,000): to cover urgent costs such as short-term livelihood and protection expenses including (but not limited to):  equipment (computers, security cameras), internet, self-care, legal assistance, relocation costs, etc..
For general information on the WPHF Funding Window for WHRDs, please contact WPHF-WHRD@unwomen.org

Explore these resources to learn more about the WPHF Funding Window for Women Human Rights Defenders and its objectives.

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