Help women human rights defenders to help women human rights defenders!

APWAPS is supporting a survey initiated by women human rights defenders who live and work in countries in Asia Pacific. The initiative is part of a regional process led by Urgent Action Fund for Women Human Rights (UAF) towards establishing a sister fund in the region.   Aside from the new fund development, the survey aims to inspire collective reflection and strategic conversations among women’s movements in Asia Pacific to better protect and support women human rights defenders.

Women human rights defenders or activists working with women human rights defenders in Asia Pacific are invited to participate by accessing https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SY75BJY.

Why conduct another survey?

Prevailing impunity for human rights violations and disturbing global and regional developments account for continuing attacks against human rights defenders. Authoritarian regimes are nor disappearing but becoming stronger, and geopolitical interests are shifting with the rise of new centers of global economic and political power. Fundamentalist and extremist ideologies are thriving in this environment and building alliances with other anti-democratic forces, triggering rising militarism and new forms of insecurity. Growing inequality, with Asia Pacific currently having the highest rate of inequality in the world, undoubtedly feeds into more violations of human rights. The disastrous effects of climate change further exacerbate existing inequalities.       More aligned with states’ agenda in trade and diplomacy, international development aid is losing its capacity to reduce inequalities and uphold human rights.

In this light, risks faced by women human rights defenders have intensified and taken new forms.       The uneven and inconsistent implementation of mechanisms for protection and support, particularly the lack of a feminist perspective, has resulted in inadequate responses to meet our needs. Thus, it is critical for us to assess these mechanisms for protection and support and as integral to movement-building, harness collective analysis and thinking among ourselves as women human rights defenders to develop a more effective, responsive, and comprehensive framework for our safety and security.

What is different about this survey?

This survey is not about providing primary data for any research or commissioned study. It is a simple means to consult with women human rights defenders situated in Asia Pacific to assess existing systems of protection and support and identify areas for improvement. It is intended for women human rights defenders like you who have worked and are deeply embedded in the region to contribute towards developing a framework of protection and support that emanates from the region and is relevant to women human rights defenders on the ground.

Who is initiating this survey?

This survey is initiated by women human rights defenders who live and work in countries in Asia Pacific. They are involved in a regional process led by Urgent Action Fund for Women Human Rights (UAF) towards establishing a sister fund in the region. Consisting of several stages, a critical component of this process is to generate meaningful consultations with women human rights defenders in Asia Pacific. But beyond informing the UAF regional process, the initiators are hoping that this process will inspire collective reflection and strategic conversations among women’s movements in Asia Pacific to better protect and support women human rights defenders, and enhance the enabling environment for the advancement of women’s human rights in the region.

Who are invited to answer it?

As women human rights defenders or activists working with women human rights defenders in Asia Pacific, we would like to invite you to be an active participant in this regional process by responding to this survey. Having experienced risk or worked with women defenders in danger, you are in the best position to assess these mechanisms for protection and support and recommend areas for improvement. The survey focuses on that moment of risk and danger as a critical point for reflection.         It will take 45 minutes to complete it.

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