UN Human Rights Council: Gravely Deteriorating Human Rights and Humanitarian Situation in Sudan

A joint  letter to permanent representatives of members and observer states of the UN Human Rights Council expressing serious concerns about the deteriorating human rights situation in Sudan, marked by harsh political repression and continued impunity.

To read the full letter click: NGO Letter HRC 30 – Situation in Sudan 02.09.2015

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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.

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