DefendDefenders

DefendDefenders (the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project) seek to protect and strengthen human rights defenders (HRDs) in the East and Horn of Africa sub-region, and raise awareness about their work at national, regional, and international level.

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UN Human Rights Council

10 September 2019

Before DefendDefenders, there were no regional organisations promoting, protecting, and coordinating the work of human rights defenders in the East and Horn of Africa sub-region. In addition to filling this gap, we are also an Africa-based organisation, run by people from the sub-region.”

- Hassan Shire, Executive Director, DefendDefenders

Meet the Human Rights Defender of the Month

Human Rights Defender of the Month (August 2019): Alaa Satir

As an inspiring activist, illustrator, and graphic designer, Alaa Satir uses her art as a tool to promote women’s rights and justice in Sudan. “The challenges that we,women, have faced in Sudanese society have been enormous – we have been the main casualties of Omar al-Bashir’s regime,” Satir says. “Art makes people question things. It allows them to practice their freedom of speech. This way, art can create change.”  The Sudanese artist graduated from university with a degree in architecture in 2012. Longing for creative freedom, she went into the field of visual art, digital illustration, and graphic design. “[Visual art] is a good venting mechanism, a way to cope with life, and the society that I live in,” she stressed. Most of her drawings depict women’s struggles – reflecting her own opinions on

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Human Rights Defender of the Month (August 2019): Alaa Satir

As an inspiring activist, illustrator, and graphic designer, Alaa Satir uses her art as a tool to promote women’s rights and justice in Sudan. “The challenges that we,women, have faced in Sudanese society have been enormous – we have been the main casualties of Omar al-Bashir’s regime,” Satir says. “Art

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