International Consultation on Women’s Human Rights Defenders
Monday, May 1, 2006 9:30 AM

The International Consultation on Women’s Human Rights Defenders was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from November 29 to December 2, 2005.  Women’s Human Rights Defenders encompass those who advocate for  and defend human rights, but who are also targeted for who they are. The 2005 Consultation included 180 Women’s Human Rights Defenders from countries around the world.

The meeting resulted in a report, which centered on several key objectives that were set for the Consultation. The report contains seven main sections. Sections one, two, three and four focus on the four main sources of abuse, which includes state actors, non-state actors, families and communities, and sex and sexuality-based attacks. Sections five and six discuss strategies for addressing abuse.  Section five describes the UN tools available in order to prevent and hold those accountable for abuse and section six contains recommendations from participants of the Consultation. The final section presents conclusions.