EHAHRDP Journal Article Published on Networks for HRD Protection

EHAHRDP has been published in a special issue on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders in the Journal of Human Rights Practice. The special issue contains useful articles from organizations across the globe focused on promoting and protecting the rights of human rights defenders. The Journal of Human Rights Practice is an Oxford Journal with a focus on bridging the gap between human rights practitioners and academicians.

Our article “Networks for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders: Notes from the Field” is an original policy & practice note which explores the historical influences which shaped EHAHRDP/EHAHRDN, the strategies we use in the interrelated areas of HRD protection, advocacy, security management, and capacity building. The article summarises an evolution of thinking and practice over 8 years of work for the service of human rights defenders in the East & Horn of Africa.

The entire special issue of the Journal of Human Rights Practice is available free of charge for the next 3 months at

The EHAHRDP article “Networks for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders: Notes from the Field” is available at


Human Rights Defender of the month: Esther Tawiah

In Ghana, Esther Tawiah is one of the loudest voices for women empowerment and gender. It is also why she is one of the most loathed. Born and raised in New-Tafo in the country’s eastern region, Esther grew up surrounded by a culture that frowned at the idea of women participating in public affairs, and witnessed firsthand, the backlash those who dared to challenge that cultural norm faced.

“I grew up in a society where ageism and sexism were so entrenched. As a young person, you weren’t supposed to give your opinion on public issues, especially if you were a woman. Women who dared to speak up were caricatured and branded as frustrated, unmarriageable prostitutes, all designed to shut them up,” she says.