Who is a WHRD?
As a member of the Women Human Rights Defenders International Coalition, AWID understands WHRDs as “women active in human rights defense who are targeted for who they are as well as all those active in the defense of women’s rights who are targeted for what they do. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists participate in many human rights struggles, including the advocacy for sexual rights. They become vulnerable to violence because of who they are and the work they do, especially when that work is directly related to sexuality. We refer to them as women human rights defenders, too.”